No time for questions. If Yak haven’t already sold themselves on being one of the UK’s most deranged, unpredictable forces, their new single does the talking. 2015 has seen Oliver Burslem and co. establishing a rep of being psych droners one minute, hit-after-hite delivers the next. They can spend half an hour leaning over organs and shaking walls with bass. But then up steps a song like ‘No’, spanning three-minutes, launched on Jack White’s Third Man label, and sharing the same vicious tropes as the Nashville obsessive.
Burslem sounds like an escaped convict. “You’re out of the woods… You see no danger,” he chants in an echo chamber of doom. But there’s a sense of imminent peril racing round ‘No’, a cascade of guitars dive-bombing into the depths of hell. Yak mean business, and there’s a sinister edge defining their every move.