Thursday 26 October 2023

Yard Act - Dream Job

Photo credit: Phoebe Fox

Casting your minds back to July, Yard Act returned with their surprise new single The Trench Coat Museum. Enough to tie us over, the band have this week unveiled their new album Where's My Utopia? alongside its lead single & video ‘Dream Job’. Out on 1 March 2024 via Island, Where’s My Utopia? picks up where the Leeds based outfit's critically-acclaimed debut record The Overload left off in January 2022. The track itself is a swanky pop gem filled with catchy choruses, disco basslines and their usual satire. Speaking about ‘Dream Job’, Yard Act’s James Smith said: "‘Dream Job’ feels like an apt introduction to the themes explored on Where's My Utopia? - though not all encompassing. In part I was scrutinising and mocking myself for being a moaning ungrateful little brat, whilst also trying to address how the music industry is this rather uncontrollable beast that hurtles forward unthinkingly and every single person involved in it plays their part. Myself included, obviously. As with pretty much everything else going through my head last year, trying to find the right time to articulate the complexity of emotions I was feeling and the severity to which I was feeling them couldn't be found - or accommodated, so instead I tried to capture it in a pop song that lasts less than three minutes once the fog had cleared a bit. It’s good and bad. I'm still glad that everything that happened to me happened." Take listen below with the James Slater directed clip.

See Yard Act live in 2023/24:
2 Nov  | Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, IS
4 Nov  | Warsaw, Brooklyn US
5 Nov  | Underground Arts, Philadelphia US
6 Nov  | Ottobar, Baltimore US
7 Nov  | Motorco Music Hall, Durham US
9 Nov  | The Basement East, Nashville US
10 Nov | The Earl, Atlanta US
11 Nov | Toulouse Theatre, New Orleans US
14 Nov | Mohawk, Austin US
15 Nov | Deep Ellum Art Company, Dallas US
17 Nov | Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City, MX
2 Dec  | Maho Rasop Festival, Bangkok, TH
3 Dec  | Clockenflap Festival, Hong Kong, HK
5 Dec  | Shangri-la, Osaka, JP
7 Dec  | Club Quattro, Tokyo, JP
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
23 Mar | O2 Academy, Bristol, UK
25 Mar | The Dome, Brighton, UK
27 Mar | Eventim Apollo, London, UK
04 Apr | Stereolux, Nantes, FR
05 Apr | Cabaret Sauvage, Paris, FR
06 Apr | Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, FR
08 Apr | LAV, Lisbon, PT
09 Apr | Mon, Madrid, ES
11 Apr | La 2, Barcelona, ES
12 Apr | Le Transbordeur, Lyon, FR
13 Apr | Locomotiv Club, Bologna, IT
14 Apr | Santeria Toscana 31, Milan, IT
16 Apr | Mascotte, Zurich, CH
17 Apr | Muffathalle, Munich, DE
18 Apr | Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, DE
20 Apr | Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm, SE
24 Apr | Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, DE
25 Apr | Paradiso Main Hall, Amsterdam, NL
26 Apr | Doornroosje, Nijmegen,NL
27 Apr | Kantine, Cologne, DE
28 Apr | Les Nuits Botanique, Brussels, BE
30 May | Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
31 May | The Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA
1 Jun  | Pappy and Harriet's, Pioneertown, CA
3 Jun  | The Catalyst Atrium, Santa Cruz, CA
4 Jun  | The Independent, San Francisco, CA
6 Jun  | Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
7 Jun  | Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC
8 Jun  | The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
3 Aug  | Millenium Square, Leeds, UK


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