“Victorious (National Anthem)” by YAK

London, England’s Yak have been are known for their unpredictable live shows. The band is set to release their their debut album Alas Salvation (on their own label Octopus Electrical – via Kobalt). Recorded with Pulp’s Steve Mackey as producer, it’s a wired and ambitious record that refuses to be pigeonholed. Alas Salvation is Yak’s first North American release since their Third Man Records debut, The No EP.

Frontman Oli Burslem explains: “I was trying to make it a slightly schizophrenic record that had all these different elements, but had so much of everything that by the end it would all just be lost and everybody would be like, ‘What the hell was that? I don’t know what that was, but I kind of enjoyed it’”. Today they released a video for the album’s opening track “Victorious (National Anthem)”.

Alas Salvation Tracklisting:

Victorious (National Anthem)
Hungry Heart
Use Somebody
(Interlude I)
Roll Another
Curtain Twitcher
Take It
Harbour The Feeling
Alas Salvation
Doo Wah
(Interlude II)
Please Don’t Wait For Me

Yak will now embark on a UK tour with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, followed by a US headline tour (including several shows at SXSW) and a UK/European headline tour.

Yak Tour Dates
12th February – Berghain Kantine, Berlin, Germany
15th February – Gorilla, Manchester, UK*
16th February – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK*
17th February – Thekla, Bristol, UK*
18th February – Electric Ballroom, London, UK*
19th February – The Haunt, Brighton, UK*
22nd February – La Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris, France
*with King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard

16th – 19th March – SXSW, Austin, TX, US
20th March – Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA, US
23rd March – Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA, US
25th March – Hideout, Chicago, IL, US
26th March – Silver Dollar, Toronto, ON, US
28th March – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, US
30th March – Berlin, New York, NY, US
31st March – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY, US

15th April – Printemps de Bourges, Bourges, France
11th May – The Rainbow, Birmingham, UK
12th May – Bungalows & Bears, Sheffield, UK
13th May – Stereo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK w/Baby Strange
14th May – Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
15th May – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
18th May – The Exchange, Bristol, UK
20th May – Joiners Arms, Southampton, UK
21st May – The Bullingdon, Oxford, UK
24th May – Dingwalls, London, UK
29th May – Big Next Festival, Gent, Belgium
30th May – Merleyn Nijmegen, Netherlands
31st May – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands