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A frenetic London trio made up of Oli Burslem & Andy Jones (who were born in the black country in the West Midlands& raised in the suburbs) joined by kiwi drummer Elliot Rawson who bangs the drums.

They then moved to London and started selling curiosities in markets, which led to them meeting other musicians (a family table to Spiritualized’s John Coxon, an antique german map to Bill Drummond, a chair to a caribou member, a model ship to a scottish band – not that one – and an antique dildo to a peace associate). they also put on an artwork exhibition with Thurston Moore. in the meantime, songs were written in a basement of a furniture store in east London. it was dark and Yak were born.


Yak 'Atlas Complex EP' 10"

The EP, largely recorded at the Third Man Studio and released on Friday 1st November 2019 through Virgin EMI and Third Man Records, follows on from the release of their critically acclaimed second album Pursuit of Momentary Happiness earlier this year. Frontman Oli Burslem explains, “‘Atlas Complex’ was recorded between Nashville and South London at the beginning of this summer. The “atlas complex” is centred around an idea of losing all sense of everything. It’s a state of mind in which a person believes that the world is on their shoulders and they’re unable to deal with what they perceive as endless problems and uncertainty.”  Following the release of Pursuit of Momentary Happiness, the trio completed a month long UK and European tour, followed by 18 dates supporting Foals and performances at Glastonbury and Green Man festivals.

In November they’ll play another run of headlines shows across the UK. Press: •“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.” – 4/5.


10” black  vinyl, spined outer sleeve, white inner sleeve.

Scallywags Yak are about to head out on tour with The Big Moon, on a seven-date trip taking them from Nottingham to London. Take a look at the dates below. To celebrate, they’re marking the jaunt with a joint tape release. Limited to just 100 copies, “Milked” will only be available on the groups’ tour and is released on Heart Throb Records. Yak’s side is a continuous 38-minute mix that features unreleased tracks and covers of the likes of King Crimson, Faust and Lonnie Donegan. The band performed the covers entirely from memory, meaning that they ended up creating some radically different versions of the originals. The Big Moon’s side of the tape, meanwhile, will contain three tracks, ‘Eureka Moment’, a “shit demo” version of ‘Nothing Without You’ and ‘This is the News’.


Hailing from Wolverhampton, childhood friends Oli and Andy began to make music when they realised that they probably weren’t equipped to do anything else. Fronting the band, Oli has the looks of a young Mick Jagger and the confidence to match, while Andy rules the bass. Relocating to London, the duo got their act together and recruited New Zealander Elliot on drums. In a time of predominantly electronic music, it is refreshing to find a band so skilled in their respective instruments performing live with all the energy, passion and volume of a bygone time. With two brilliant tracks Hungry Heart and Smile already. their debut EP Plastic People, will be out 25th May. Complete with artwork by Alexander McQueen’s friend and collaborator, Nick Waplington, hit play and get to know your new favourite rock stars.