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As well as being an NME buzz-band, possibly because of their similarities to a certain early noughties lo-fi NY indie rock band, London-based trio YAK have also become somewhat infamous for their live shows. Singer Oli Burslem has been known to frequently destroy an organ on stage and even throw it directly into the crowd. It’s an experience that has been described as ‘full-on’ and ‘visceral’, words that most bands would appreciate being attached to. Considering their upcoming summer support slots for bands like The Strokes and Peace, they have more in common with underground 60s psychedelic bands with driving organ sounds and free-wheeling guitars.

Burslem’s creeping vocal is like a perfect cross between eerie Nick Cave and Jim Morrison and the band’s recent single Smile is an authentic homage to all these influences, which also manages to contain a strange operatic, spaghetti western feel as the drums standoff between riding guitars and Burslem’s indecipherable shrieks. YAK have also just released a less frantic cover of Something On Your Mind – a track made famous by Karen Dalton – which shows off their dynamic musical abilities.

YAK play The Cluny 2, Newcastle with support from The Big Moon and Them Things on Tuesday 5th May.

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