Leeds indie rock/punk band Yard Act have announced the release of their second studio album ‘Where’s My Utopia‘, alongside new single “Dream Job“.
The follow-up to their 2022’s critically-acclaimed debut record ”The Overload‘, will be out on March 1st 2024 through Zen F.C./ Island. Pre-order your copy here.
Written in snapshots of time between a relentless touring schedule, and produced jointly by the band and Gorillaz’ Remi Kabaka Jr, the quartet’s second act is a giant leap forward into broad and playful new sonic waters. Across the record, influences ranging from Fela Kuti to Ennio Moricone via Spiller’s ‘00s pop smash ‘Groovejet’ make themselves known.
It’s a celebratory palette upon which Smith allowed himself to reach lyrically deeper into himself than ever. Gone, largely, are the outward-facing character studies of yore, replaced with a set of songs that stare fully into the headlights of life, wrangling with the frontman’s own fears and foibles to create a sort of Promethean narrative – but with jokes.
‘Dream Job’s video was directed by James Slater, the band and director’s 7th collaboration (“with many more to come”).
Check out “Dream Job” below. followed by the album’s artwork and tracklist.
Yard Act ‘Where’s My Utopia?’ Tracklisting:
- An Illusion
- We Make Hits
- Down By the Stream
- The Undertow
- Dream Job
- Fizzy Fish
- When the Laughter Stops
- Grifter’s Grief
- Blackpool Illuminations
- A Vineyard for the North
Yard Act Upcoming Tour Dates
11/02 – Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airwaves
11/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
11/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
11/06 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
11/07 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
11/09 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
11/10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/11 – New Orleans, LA @ Toulouse Theatre
11/14 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
11/15 – Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Company
11/17 – Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital Festival
12/02 – Bangkok, TH @ Maho Rasop Festival
12/03 – Hong Kong, HK @ Clockenflap Festival
12/05 – Osaka, JP @ Shangri-la
12/07 – Tokyo, JP @ Club Quattro
03/13 – Norwich, UK @ The Nick Rayns LCR (UEA)
03/14 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
03/15 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
03/16 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
03/17 – Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria University
03/19 – Belfast, UK @ Mandela Hall
03/20 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
03/22 – Liverpool, UK @ Invisible Wind Factory
03/23 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
03/25 – Brighton, UK @ The Dome
03/27 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
Photo Credit: Phoebe Fox