With a couple of singles on Fat Possum and an EP on Third Person records, riot inducing noise-rock trio Yak turn to Octopus for their Debut album Alas salvation. With elements of Death from above 1979 and squealing of Lightning Bolt in a noisy garage band package. Catchy and sweaty. Is there anything better?
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NOISE! Yak are a London-based trio -- Oliver Burslem, Andy Jones and Elliot Rawson -- who make rawcous, thrilling, and did I say noisy rock music. From those who have been lucky enough to experience them in the ‘live’ environment, I hear tell the band are significantly, ‘enticingly’, err, noisy. Although, from the outset of my attempt to review this album, having pressed play to be greeted by the most squealing, distorted-to-the-max, feedback-drenched ‘Victorious (National Anthem)’, I find the prospect of them being any louder unlikely. I honestly don’t know how the producer/sound engineers could have increased the sound saturation levels any more than they did, without making it unlistenable. It’s on the cusp of challenging as it is.
It’s as if the band are hyper-aware of their ability to be this loud without being ridiculous, and they just about get away with it. They revel in the noise, celebrate it. With some rockin’ good tunes. For the first three tracks I was thinking maybe it’s my review-copy promo cd, but no I think it’s meant to be this loud and fuzzy.
‘Take It’ puts me in mind of ‘The Bends’-era Radiohead at twice the volume, but there are brief moments between layers of guitars when they hover between (more of) a loud-quiet dynamic. Very briefly and momentarily. Most of the time it’s more like listening to Death From Above 1979 or Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster: in other words, painful but bearable, enjoyable even. Yeah, I’ll go with that; enjoyable.
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