Yard Act – Payday (Live). An exclusive performance for Vevo DSCVR, the channel for the best in new music.
If you’re going to invest in one of the era’s many rock cynics, Yard Act singer James Smith’s name would be towards the top of the list. Founded in Leeds in 2019, the group has quickly risen in the indie rock ranks thanks to Smith’s caustic and comic commentary of the modern world. The band’s universe consists of recurring characters: a strange neighbor (“Fixer Upper”), a man in the fur business (“The Trapper’s Pelts”), and a person who murders a lover with a peanut allergy (“Peanuts”). Even without a full album, the handful of singles made by Smith, bassist Ryan Needham, drummer George Townend, and guitarist Sam Shipstone gives fans plenty to sink their teeth into. Like David Byrne and Morrissey, two front men who led outfits that helped inspire Yard Act’s angular post-punk sound, Smith wisely allows plenty of wiggle room when it comes to defining good and bad. “People are fundamentally flawed and that’s really important,” says Smith. “It doesn’t make them bad people.” Also like Byrne, Smith’s herky-jerky stage presence makes the live Yard Act experience that much more kinetic. It’s all here in these performances of “Land Of The Blind” and “Payday,” shot in our London studio. And it’ll certainly all be there on ‘The Overload,’ the debut album that arrives later this month. Keep an eye on these boys, they’ve got plenty to say.
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Music video by Yard Act performing Payday (DSCVR | Vevo). An Island Records video; © 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited