Powered by vicious chords and buoyed by a fervent sing-along chorus, the new single from London 5-piece Yassassin is a defiant call-to-arms, reaffirming their existence and predicting ‘the children gonna wake up’. The quintet navigate today’s charged climate with barbed riffs and keenly cast observations, like the younger sisters of Elastica’s Justine Frischmann. Following the release of their Vitamin Y EP, ‘Citizen’ stretches the group’s sound at both ends, pushing into a merciless racket whilst still connecting with pop roots. But, what’s it all about?
“I guess it’s about realising that as messed up as our world is, there are still so many people who care and get themselves involved in fighting injustices. It really gives you hope. It’s important for young people to speak up, demonstrate, to get involved politically if that’s your thing, to write songs, make art.”
Premiering today, the fiery track arrives with a photographic tour diary, matching the chaos of ‘Citizen’ with visual evidence of the group’s appetite for revolution. As panting drums race towards the track’s explosive ending, their message is clear: join the children and wake up. Yassassin are ones to watch.
Photographer, April Arabella followed the band on tour recently with camera in hand. If youre not sure what to expect from Yassassin, explore below.
Fri 18 May – The Great Escape, Brighton (The Walrus)
Sat 2 June – Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham
Thur 14 June – The Lexington, London
Sat 23 June – Future Sounds @ The White Hotel, Manchester
Sat 21 July – Tramlines Fringe @ The Forum, Sheffield
Sat 2 Sept – Manchester Psych Festival, Manchester
Sun 9 Sept – The Lanes, Bristol
Sat 22 Sept – Reb’Elle Festival, Leeds
Sun 23 Sept – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesborough
Mon 24 Sept – Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
Tues 25 Sept – Fulford Arms, York
Thurs 27 Sept – Bedford Esquires, Bedford
Sat 29 Sept – The Forum Basement @ Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells
Sun 30 Sept – Heartbreakers, Southampton
Header Photo by Tess Parks. Photo diary by April Arabella.