London trio YAK kick off their UK tour in London tonight (TICKETS), so we thought what better time to have a quick chat with them! The band quickly drummed up a lot of attention on the blogosphere in 2014 and you couldn't bump into any music fan in the capital without them drawing your attention to "that new band Yak." Their tracks 'Hungry Heart' and 'Something On Your Mind' met rave reviews online and the band have secured some exciting shows off the back, supporting The Strokes in Hyde Park and heading out on tour with Peace (TICKETS). Their new track 'Plastic People' has once again affirmed Yak as serious ones to watch in 2015.
Hey, what have you been up to
It’s currently 6:30AM so mainly dreaming
but I thought I would do this interview quickly before 7am when
my favourite café opens called E Pellicci (plug - not that it needs
Your track ‘Hungry Heart’ has had
a massive reaction online, was it expected?
We didn't really have any expectation
for it. All we knew was that we really liked the song and wanted to share it.
I'm not sure what equates a MASSIVE reaction but I'm happy it’s out there and
people have listened to it.
Why did you choose to cover Karen Dalton
for the B-side?
I wanted to do a version of it for my
own amusement and then forgot about ever doing it until we started putting our
first single together. I wasn't interested in doing a straight cover of it as I
can’t sing anything like Karen Dalton but I thought the contrast between
the Suicide-esque backing and that song would be interesting to
So you’re supporting The
Strokes this summer…. bet hearing confirmation of that was a nice
Yes it was. I think we have been
confirmed for a few more festivals this year too. It’s a real treat for us as
fans to be able to catch some bands we like along the way too.
What can we expect from new
The unexpected and the expected.
Are you looking forward to getting back
on the road?
Yes, which reminds me I must put a
wash on as we leave tomorrow
What can we expect from the
I suppose the romance is the not
knowing so you should pop along and find out for yourself
How did it come about that it would be a
joint tour with The Big Moon? Do you know those guys
We have met them a few times out and
about and they are lovely so we are looking forward to hanging out.
Are there any cities your particularly
look forward to playing?
Bristol on the top of my head…. we
have played there a few times and they get it, but I’m hoping there will
be some surprises along the way.
What are your plans for the rest of this
Gigging / recording
What tracks will you be listening
to on tour?
One I put in the over earlier... Listen to YAK's TRACKS ON TOUR playlist HERE.