Whelans, Dublin: Saturday 13th April, 2019. 
+ Very special guests, SILVERBACKS
Doors 7:30pm | Over 18's | ID Required



“Burslem’s single-minded mania is vindicated, and the listener’s happiness guaranteed.” – Mojo 4/5
“Oli came back from the brink to create a noisy and exciting album.” – BEAT
“A sweeping explosion of melodically inclined space rock” – The Arts Desk
It careers between boggle-eyed riffy bangers and booze-sodden self-reflection in truly inimitable fashion.” – DIY 4/5
“Expansive recalibration of the ferocious garage-rock introduced on Yak’s debut” – Q Magazine
“Yak are aware of the power of calm as much as they are the endless fury of the storm.” - Long Live Vinyl 8/10
“When basking under strident brass and the colossal sound of guitars, Yak thrive.” - London In Stereo
“More refined and guttural, Yak show real intent on flourishing their sound.” – Clash
“Yak are riotous and impossible to tame on their new LP.” – The Line of Best Fit 8/10
“The trio’s second album is excessive but searches for contentment.” – NME.com 4/5

London-based Yak released their brilliant second full-length album Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness in February this year through Virgin EMI and Third Man Records. The trio – known for their exhilarating live shows – are currently on the road touring their new album. Kicking off in Birmingham last week, Yak head to London Wednesday to play a sold out show at The Dome, with the UK shows ending in Dublin on April 13th.

In addition, Yak have been announced as Foals main support for their UK and European tour. Yak join Foals on their eighteen-date tour in May and June which includes two dates at London’s Alexandra Palace. Full list of shows below. 

Today, Yak also share new single “Blinded By The Lies”. Oli offers the following on the track: "When I was writing the track, I remember thinking back to when I was working, cleaning tables, in a swanky Mayfair club. I was splitting my time between trying to make music in an industrial park in the back end of Wolverhampton and being surrounded by all this wealth in London. Those people always seemed to be complaining. That’s where the opening line of the song comes from - “You say your life’s a drag ‘cause everything you ever wanted you had.” I’ve always liked living between two different worlds. Weirdly it makes me more confident in what I believe in."

There’s always been an element of chaos to Yak and it’s an approach that they took to a new level with their second album ‘Pursuit of Momentary Happiness’. The creation of the album saw frontman Oli Burslem stand on the precipice between obsession and self-destruction. He sacrificed everything for his artistic vision, including his own financial security and mental health. Who invests every last penny into recording, to the point where they become homeless?

​“I don’t want it to be a boo-hoo story,” says Burslem. “It was fun doing it. It’s nice to push yourself to the limit, and I can say now that I don’t give a shit what anyone thinks, because it’s a document of that time, and it’s honest and open, and I couldn’t have done or given much more.”

The result is a rare white-knuckle ride of an album in which his extreme commitment pulsates through every moment – much like Spiritualized’s ’Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’ and Tame Impala’s ’Innerspeaker’, both of whose creators had a part to play in its genesis – ranging from the gonzo-fuzz chaos of tracks like ‘White Male Carnivore’ and ‘Bellyache’ through to the Roy Orbison-inspired heartbreak of ‘Words Fail Me’.

Released on CD, vinyl and digitally, ‘Pursuit of Momentary Happiness’ is now available to buy from https://yak.lnk.to/POMHPR

Tour dates (UK in bold):

1st April – Cardiff @ Clwb Ifor Bach
2nd April – Oxford @ O2 Academy 2
3rd April – London @ The Dome
5th April – Leeds @ Brudenell Social CLub
6th April – Nottingham @ Bodega Social Club
8th April – Liverpool @ Arts Club
9th April – Manchester @ YES
10th April – Hull @ The Polar Bear
11th April – Newcastle @ The Cluny
12th April – Glasgow @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
13th April – Dublin @ Whelan’s
17th April – France, Amiens @La Lune des Pirates
18th AprilFrance, Lille @ L'Aéronef
19th April – Netherlands, Eindhoven @ Altstadt
20th April – Netherlands, Rotterdam @ Rotown
22nd April – Belgium, Opwijk @ Nosta
23th April – France, Reims @La Cartonnerie
24th April – France, La Roche-sur-Yon @Le Fuzz'yon
25th April – France, Biarritz @L’Atabal
4th May – Portsmouth @ Psych Festival
12th May – Brussels, Belgium @Ancienne Belgique**
13th May – France, Paris @ Le Bataclan**
15th May – Switzerland, Lausanne @ Les Docks**
16th May – Italy, Milan @ Fabrique Milano**
17th May – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Den Atelier**
19th May – Netherlands, Amsterdam @ Paradiso**
20th May – Germany, Berlin @ Huxleys Neue Welt**
7th June – France, Saint-Laurent-de-Curves @ Festival Papillons de Nuit
11th June – Manchester @ Victoria Warehouse**
12th June – Manchester @ Victoria Warehouse**
14th June – Nr Goudhurst @ Forest Live at Bedgebury Pinetum**
15th June – Birmingham @ Digbeth Arena**
16th June – Birmingham @ Digbeth Arena**
18th June – Glasgow @ SWG3 Galvanizers Yard**
20th June – Suffolk @ Forest Live at Thetford Forest**
21st June – London @ Alexandra Palace**
22nd June – London @ Alexandra Palace**
23rd June – Netherlands, Amsterdam @ Loose Ends Festival
26th June – Bournemouth @ Bournemouth International Centre**
2nd July – Dublin @ Trinity & All Saints College**
6th July – Russia, Moscow @ Bolb Festival
18th August – Powys @ Green Man Festival
23rd August – France, Gueret @ Festival Check In Party

**with Foals

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