Yard Act Share New Single/Video “When The Laughter Stops”

Yard Act Share New Single/Video "When The Laughter Stops"

Leeds indie rock/punk band Yard Act have shared their new single “When The Laughter Stops” and its accompanying video, featuring Katy J Pearson.

The track is the second taste of their upcoming second studio album ‘Where’s My Utopia‘, due to be released on March 1st 2024 through Zen F.C./ Island. Pre-order your copy here.

Speaking about it, James Smith says: “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.”

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. The song pedalled back and forth, we talked about “Lovefool” by The Cardigans quite a lot if I remember correctly.” He continued.

“During a recording session in Kettering with Russ Russell at Parlour Studios in December 2022, I was fucking about on a Roland Juno with the arpeggiator whirring away over the end. Ryan flipped the rate so it went half time and all of a sudden the eeriness of the track made sense; it sounded like some John Carpenter doomsday clock countdown or something. Sam reworked the guitars to sound like ‘High Voltage; by Electric Six and we stripped away the funkier percussion and made the rhythm more aggressive, like ‘Seven Nation Army’. Katy came to meet us at Metropolis in London to dub the chorus vocals and it gave the whole track a huge lift I’ll never have the voice for. She’s fantastic. I asked David Thewlis to recite Macbeth over the end for obvious reasons. The results speak for themselves!”

Watch/listen below.

Yard Act “When The Laughter Stops”
Yard Act Upcoming Tour Dates

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