Yak - No [7" VINYL] - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

Yak - No [7" VINYL]

by Sean Hewson Rating:7 Release Date:2015-11-20

The No EP is not my first encounter with Yak. I first saw Oliver Burslem, Andy Jones and Elliot Rawson at the Green Man Festival without having any knowledge of who they were, and they were great. Noisy, young men who looked like they just had one set of clothes and that set was pretty knackered. They kicked their instruments around the stage for about half an hour. 
This EP, which is a bit short for an EP and was produced by Pulp's Steve Mackey, starts with the song No. It's based around a moronic bass riff and drum beat, quite like Death From Above 1979. There are stabs of noise coming from guitar and synth. The chorus is the word 'No' shouted repeatedly by everyone. Alas Salvation is closer to The Blues Explosion with filthy, single-string blues licks being kicked around for just over a minute. Out On A Limb is a bit different. I want to say it is in 6/8 time but I'm not really sure what that means. Throughout its 3 and a half minutes it just keeps moving. It starts out fairly jazzy with a skipping rhythm, then changes into a weird, psychedelic blues thing like The Groundhogs. Next, a single, wheezy, Deep Purple organ chord brings the song to a halt and a voice says 'I give up'. It then all starts up again. It's a great track; the more I play it, the more I like it.
The first two tracks on the No EP are good, noisy fun but there are other bands around at the moment (Hey Colossus, Workin' Man Noise Unit) that are doing this kind of noise/punk/blues thing a bit better. But, Out On A Limb suggests that they can get a bit further out if they want to. 

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