Saturday, February 10, 2024

YARD ACT Share new single 'When The Laughter Stops' ft. Katy J Pearson

Yard Act have shared ‘When The Laughter Stops’ ft. Katy J Pearson, the final advance preview of their upcoming second album 'Where's My Utopia?' - due out on 1 March 2024 via Island. 

'Where’s My Utopia?' is the follow up to the Leeds band’s breakout debut record 'The Overload' which arrived in January 2022. The Overload was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize after a slew of positive reviews, national radio playlistings and a placing at #2 in the Official Charts. The new album is a co-production between Yard Act and Gorillaz member Remi Kabaka Jr

Yard Act have announced a huge run of shows in the UK and EU for spring 2024 - including the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on 27 March - and their biggest hometown show to date at the 5,750 capacity Millennium Square Leeds on 3 August. 

One of the first tracks written for the record, Yard Act’s James Smith says of ‘When The Laughter Stops’: “The sentiment of the lyrics gets to the heart of Where’s My Utopia? almost immediately, and finds the cynicism first spawned from the same circumstance I found myself in during ‘Dream Job’ now giving way to a more genuine sliver of misery. Fortunately - spoiler alert - I've managed to find a way out of this pit, for the time being”

He continues: “Whilst the lyrics came quick, musically it went through the wringer. As is often the case when Ryan presents a bass line, harmonically it’s pretty ambiguous and we all hear things differently. I was hearing the song in a pretty bluesy, minor key, whilst Sam [guitarist] heard a very saccharine and sweet major key tune.  I asked David Thewlis to recite Macbeth over the end for obvious reasons. The results speak for themselves!”

Speaking about the video, Slater said: “This video continues the journey of The Visitor and follows on from ‘Petroleum’, in which we saw her get dragged off by a couple of hitmen. ‘When The Laughter Stops’ reveals her fate… a prison full of old circus performers. Security is admittedly a little loose so all may not be lost. The videos we’ve made have all been part of a wider Yard Act cinematic universe and we’re in the process of turning the whole thing into a movie. Watch this space.”

Yard Act opened the main stage at Reading & Leeds Festival last summer as well as making appearances at Latitude (headlining the BBC Sounds stage, no less), Fuji Rocks, and Boardmasters. The band also returned to North America in November 2023 with a run of headline shows across the US, culminating in a slot at Mexico City’s Corona Capital Festival. Yard Act delivered an unprecedented five night residency at their hometown’s Brudenell Social Club in 2023 which was awarded four stars each in reviews from Rolling Stone UK, The Telegraph, and The Times. Yard Act also made their festival headline bow at Dot To Dot in Bristol & Nottingham, performed at Primavera (Barcelona, Madrid & Porto) and played their maiden shows in Australia and New Zealand, truly making their mark on the global stage.

See Yard Act live in 2024:


29 Feb | Pryzm, Kingston, UK Early Show

29 Feb | Pryzm, Kingston, UK SOLD OUT
01 Mar | Rough Trade, Bristol. UK early show SOLD OUT
01 Mar | Rough Trade, Bristol. UK evening show SOLD OUT

03 Mar | Rough Trade East, London, UK early show SOLD OUT
03 Mar | Rough Trade East, London, UK evening show SOLD OUT

05 Mar | Rough Trade, Nottingham, UK early show
05 Mar | Rough Trade, Nottingham, UK evening show SOLD OUT
06 Mar | HMV Vault, Birmingham, UK
07 Mar | Jacaranda Baltic, Liverpool, UK
13 Mar | The Nick Rayns LCR (UEA), Norwich, UK

14 Mar  |  Rock City, Nottingham , UK

15 Mar  |  O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK

16 Mar  |  O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK

17 Mar  | Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

19 Mar  | Mandela Hall, Belfast, UK

20 Mar  | Vicar Street, Dublin, IE

22 Mar  | Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool, UK SOLD OUT

23 Mar  | O2 Academy, Bristol, UK SOLD OUT
24 Mar | The Great Hall, Cardiff, UK

25 Mar  | The Dome, Brighton, UK

27 Mar  | Eventim Apollo, London, UK

Image: Phoebe Fox

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