Monday, May 30, 2022

Yard Act Impress With Latest Single 100% Endurance

Emerging as one of the indisputable stand-out tracks from Yard Act’s debut LP ‘The Overload’, '100% Endurance' provides its listeners with a short escape from the mundanity of everyday life.

 Like many of the other tracks on the debut LP, '100% Endurance' paints a picture in the mind of its listeners of a somewhat atypical (hungover) British Sunday morning. 

The lyrical theme of the track is heightened by James Smith’s deadpan vocals, which mimic the band's cynicism towards the monotony of modern life, underneath the track’s minimalist melody, perfectly echoing the "hippy bullshit" of living your life in a meaningless world. As the track progresses, Smith continues to remind us that "Death is coming for us all, but not today", in an attempt to encourage his listeners to simply make the most of what they have. 

This track relays the existential tale of a peculiar individual who, after waking up on a random bench with no recollection of the night before, discovers that ‘other species’ from ‘other planets’ have descended upon the country. Where bands, such as Oasis and Pulp, were able to capture the zeitgeist of the early '90s working-class feeling, Yard Act have made it their mission to convey how it feels for individuals to be living in a post-Brexit Britain—with satirical lyrics ranging from, "It's all so pointless, uh, but it's not though is it?" to "We'd been pissing ourselves laughing at the news", their socio-political outlook remains far from subtle. 

Spoken with the tenacity of John Cooper Clarke and the witty wordplay of artists such as Ian Dury and The Fall, this track will satisfy all of your post-punk needs.


Abbie Cronin
Image: 'The Overload' Official Album Cover

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