At last, salvation: Yak announce debut album ‘Alas Salvation’, share ‘Victorious (National Anthem)’ video

Bonkers trio’s first full length is out on May 13th.

Finally settling down after a maddening touring schedule, upping the bonkers ante at every stop, Yak have announced their debut album ‘Alas Salvation’, and shared the video for its guttural opener ‘Victorious (National Anthem)’.

The Class Of 2016 stars’ first full-length is set for release via Octopus Electrical on May 13th - its lead track is every bit as chaotic as you’d expect, frantic pacing and bassist Andy Jones’ concrete tones paired with manic, wide-eyed gang chants throughout. It’s that deranged pack mentality that marks Yak out as something very special, and on the evidence of ‘Victorious (National Anthem)’, ‘Alas Salvation’ is going to be dripping with it. Stream it at the bottom of the page.

As frontman Oli Burslem explains, “I was trying to make it a slightly schizophrenic record that had all these different elements, but had so much of everything that by the end it would all just be lost and everybody would be like, ‘What the hell was that? I don’t know what that was, but I kind of enjoyed it’.” It’s not your usual, ‘we just took our ten best songs into a studio and made them sound pretty’ vibe, really, is it?

The track-listing and artwork (by Nick Waplington) for ‘Alas Salvation’ is as follows:

1. Victorious (National Anthem)
2. Hungry Heart
3. Use Somebody
4. (Interlude I)
5. Roll Another
6. Curtain Twitcher
7. Take It
8. Harbour The Feeling
9. Alas Salvation
10. Smile
11. Doo Wah
12. (Interlude II)
13. Please Don’t Wait For Me

Pre-order it here, and catch up with Yak's Class Of 2016 chat from our December / January issue, where they explain their desire to keep things "a bit crunchy and nasty." They're heading out on tour (again!) with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard next week, and on a headline run in May - full dates are:

12 Berlin, Germany, Berghain Kantine
15 Manchester, Gorilla (w/ King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard)
16 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms (w/ King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard)
17 Bristol, Thekla (w/ King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard)
18 London, Electric Ballroom (w/ King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard)
19 Brighton, The Haunt (w/ King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard)
22 Paris, France, La Mecanique Ondulatoire

16-19 Austin, TX, SXSW Festival
20 Seattle, WA, Sunset Tavern
23 Los Angeles, CA, Bootleg Theater
25 Chicago, IL, Hideout
26 Toronto, CA, Silver Dollar
28 Philadephia, PA, Johnny Brendas
30 New York City, NY, Berlin
31 Brooklyn, NY, Saint Vitus

15 Bourges, France, Printemps de Bourges

11 Birmingham, The Rainbow
12 Sheffield, Bungalows & Bears
13 Glasgow, Stereo
14 Manchester, Deaf Institute
15 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
18 Bristol, The Exchange
20 Southampton, Joiners Arms
21 Oxford, The Bullingdon
24 London, Dingwalls
29 Gent, Belgium, Big Next Festival
30 Netherlands, Marleyn Nijmegen
31 Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso


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