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Interview: Yak, Y Not Festival

The Giant Squid tent was packed tight, as Y Not patrons awaited the arrival of a band who are brewing up a storm and creating quite the reputation for themselves when it comes to their live shows. Yak proceeded to blow our minds, as we were treated to a momentous set of raucous rock and roll sounds.

We caught up with the lads after the show to find out how it was for them, here’s what they had to say…

Far Out: For people who might not know, who are Yak?

Yak: ‘Three people playing music, basically.”

FO: Right, and what is Yak all about?

Yak: “Not sure really, we’re still trying to figure that out ourselves.”

FO: That was quite a set on the Giant Squid stage, with a huge crowd, how was it for you?Yak: “Yea, excited that people were getting into us, and were really up for it.

“Just makes for a better show all round. I always look at a show as a two way thing – the band and crowd egging each other on. It was our favourite show over the week for sure.”

FO: For our readers who couldn’t be here sum up your live sound in your own words.

Yak: “Unpredictable.”

FO: Or word. You’ve got a few more festivals to play before you hit the road again in October, is there a reason you guys can’t sit still?

Yak: “We love playing and would play every night if we could…we want to earn it.

“The band is our Ritalin.”FO: One thing I always wondered, how do bands chose the cities they play in? For example you’re starting in Portsmouth, is that for any particular reason?

Yak: “We have a booking agent and we tell them to book us anywhere they want us. That is the honest truth.”

FO: Slightly disappointing.

I know the path to this point as a band hasn’t been easy; playing festivals, touring America etc – did it ever feel like you’d reach this level?

Yak: “Compared to previous employment this band stuff is a walk in the park.

“We would play every night if we could. Too easy. I think as a band you need to earn it and that’s what we are doing. Blood, sweat, tears and all.”

FO: I now want to know your previous employment but we’ll leave that for another time.

We saw you support LSP back in April, how was the tour? Do Turner and Kane act like twats backstage as well?

Yak: “Good to get to play in different places and situations, from the start we never wanted to be snobby about who we play with or where.

“I think it mainly down to the fact that I used to watch any band that played Wolves… I was just happy that they turned up.

“The band have been perfectly pleasant toward us and kind.”

FO: The NME described you, Oli, as having the ‘look like a young Mick Jagger’ how how do you feel about that? Amazing/cringey?

Yak: “On the Jagger thing, it’s pretty old hat.

“I remember the first time it happened I has playing football at school and someone shouted it as me and I didn’t have a clue what they were going on about.

“I remember being ok with it as before that my nickname was rubber lips or duck face. Swings and roundabouts. God bless the NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS.”

FO: Hmm, Maybe. Alas Salvation came out a little while ago, how does that feel?

Yak: “Three months ago.

“I’m dead proud of it. I think we should be given at the very least an OBE and a Grammy.”

FO: Talk us through your recording process.

Yak: “No set process really. Each song comes about in it’s own way, there’s never really a set formula. Would get boring if there was.”

FO: Working with Pulp bassist Steve Mackey on production must have been fun?

Yak: “Steve is a great guy and we love his company, on top of that he seems to get the best out of us and we get turned on by the same things…so all in all it’s a match made in heaven.”

Lovely. ta’ra Yak.