Yard Act

The Overload: Limited Picture Disc Vinyl LP [RSD22] + Slipmat


Release Date: 25 November, 2022

Limited edition picture disc of The Overload, released for Record Store Day - Black Friday 2022, for the first time on this format!

The overload is a record of great dexterity and curation, the output of a band who were raised on a 00s digital-revolution buffet of wide musical influences. Growing up on us mtv hip-hop, minimal 70s no-wave and sharp-witted british indie, yard act benefit from this rich tapestry of musical near-history, using it to create something that feels like more than a trendy pastiche.

While time-travelling in parts sonically, the overload weaves a very-2021 storyline. The group made the decision early on to leave ‘fixer upper’ and ‘dark days’ off their album debut (“it sounds arrogant, but we felt we had enough good songs without ‘em”), but the joyous specificity of their early lyrical observation is still in fine evidence, plotting a visceral, satirical journey through capitalism and greed. Across the album’s 11 tracks, an unnamed character – a bricolage of characters that smith has met, imagined, or himself been – finds himself in quite the financial pickle, ricocheting from desk job to desperate illicit activity to police investigation, before culminating in the kind of half-cut personal epiphany that even the most law-abiding among us could relate to. Bookended by cheeky cameo’s from ‘fixer upper’s' Graeme and a clear structure of four parts, there is no getting around it — yard act have written a soap opera.

Track list:

1.The Overload
2.Dead Horse
5.The Incident
6.Witness (Can I Get A?)
7.Land of the Blind
8.Quarantine the Sticks
9.Tall Poppies
10.Pour Another
11. 100% Endurance