‘Heavens Above’ is the first of two new songs from London 3-piece YAK, due for release October 28th on double A-side. The second track is called ‘Semi-Automatic’. The new music follows debut album Alas Salvation – released on their own Octopus Electrical label in May 2016 – and sees the band once again employ the production talents of Steve Mackey (bassist of Pulp), who helmed the chair on their debut.
An evolving and life-affirming cut, ‘Heavens Above’ employs thunderous grooves and batters like a wildebeest. A transatlantic sound that echoes Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the distorted and fuzz fuelled guitar lines build an anxious yet aggressive energy.
Within the framework of fuzzy, melodic proto-punk, it teeters on the edge of blues, twisting and turning, and climaxing with crescendos of “I’ll be a better man.” Burslem, Jones and Rawson are engaging in a live-action sonic revelation.
The high quality production level adds new dimensions to the lo-fi nature of the song composition, in a testament to both Mackey’s skill as a producer but also YAK’s gritty, energetic and skilful songwriting. It’s easy to see why Jack White is such a big fan (No EP was released on Third Man Records in September 2015).
YAK bring their chaotic live show to Europe and the UK throughout September and October, before getting to work on album number two.