Listen to Yard Act’s new “anti-capitalist anthem” ‘Payday’

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“It’s About Gentrification [and] class fetish”

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The Yard Act has shared a new track called ‘Payday’ – you can listen to it below.

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The song is the latest preview from Leeds Band’s debut studio album The Overload, which is set to be released on 7 January via Zen FC.

Frontman James Smith explained, “‘Payday’ was one of the few tracks on the record that we had to completely rebuild in the studio because the first demo was recorded on my computer and the hard drive was corrupted.” “We spent about two hours trying to figure out that stupid keyboard part and I couldn’t remember how to play. It was boring but well worth it.


“It’s about gentrification, class fetish and how the human brain is so powerful that with enough time and processing power it would be able to justify, defend, and/or continue to take actions that would control any human.”

As for the James Slater-directed video of the single, Smith said: “We wanted to do something less space- and narrative-based for this video, so an Infinity White studio funded a major record-funded anti-capitalist anthem was perfect. Served as a purification label.

“It was great to have Kayleigh back with her friends from ‘The Overload’ Car Boot shoot, and she herself choreographed a great dance routine for it, which really brings the video to life. All those salads explained at the end It’s also nice to be able to do what kept cropping up in the previous videos.”

The Yards Act is set to debut on a UK and European tour in 2022 – you can check out the full schedule below.

February 2022
02 – Plane, Lille
03 – Trixie, Borgorhout
04 – Paradiso Small Hall, Amsterdam
05 – Moloto, Hamburg
06 – Stanged, Copenhagen
07 – Plan B, Malmos
09 – Bathroom, Berlin
10 – Blue Shell, Cologne
11 – Rotondes, Luxembourg
12 – La Boule Noire, Paris
17 – Village Underground, London – Sold
18 – Pattern, Brighton
19 – The Joiners, Southampton – Sold
21 – Exchange, Bristol – Sold
22 – Club Ifor Bach, Cardiff
23 – Bodega Social, Nottingham – Sold
24 – The White Hotel, Salford – Sold
25 – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge – Sold
26 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds – Sold


March 2022
01 – Clooney, Newcastle
02 – Caves, Edinburgh
03 – Mono, Glasgow

April 2022
05 – Prithvi, London

May 2022
11 – Trinity, Bristol
18 – Rescue Room, Nottingham
19 – Zanzibar, Liverpool
20 – Irish Centre, Leedsow
21 – Band on the Wall, Manchester
22 – The Foundry, Sheffield
27 – Arts Center, Norwich

Meanwhile, groups have been announced for SXSW 2022, Yorkshire’s Deer Shed Festival and Groningen’s Eurosonic Noorderslag.

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