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Yard Act rally against capitalism on new track ‘Payday’

The "anti-capitalist anthem" appears on the Leeds band's debut album 'The Overload', due in January

By Will Richards

Yard Act standing next to a car in front of a brick wall
Yard Act, 2021. (Credit: James Smith).

Leeds four-piece Yard Act have shared a new “anti-capitalist” anthem called ‘Payday’ – listen to the track below.

‘Payday’ is the latest preview of the band’s upcoming debut album, called ‘The Overload’, which is set to come out on January 7 next year.

Speaking of the track, frontman James Smith said: “‘Payday’ was one of the few tracks on the record we had to rebuild completely in the studio because the first demo was recorded on my computer and the hard drive corrupted.

“We spent about TWO hours trying to figure out that stupid keyboard part I’d put on it and couldn’t remember how to play. It was boring but worth it.”

Smith added: “It’s about gentrification, class fetish and how the human brain is so powerful that with enough time and processing power combined it will be able to justify, defend and/or continue to commit the actions of any human being it controls.”

Watch the band’s ‘Payday’ video below, of which Smith explained: “An infinity white studio served as the perfect purgatory for an anti-capitalist anthem funded by a major record label.”

“It was great to get Kayleigh from ‘The Overload’ car boot shoot back with her friends, and they choreographed a brilliant dance routine for it themselves, which really brings the video to life. It’s also nice to finally be able to explain all the lettuces that kept cropping up in the previous videos.”

Yard Act are on tour constantly from now until the middle of 2022, with US, UK and European dates all scheduled in around the release of ‘The Overload’.

See the band’s upcoming UK dates spread across November and January, and their full UK/EU tour for early 2022, below:

30 – Dark Arts, Leeds

6 – Mutations Festival, Brighton
13 – Great Western Festival, Glasgow

6 – Pryzm, Kingston-Upon-Thames
11 – Rough Trade, Nottingham
12 – Rough Trade, Bristol
13 – Rough Trade East, London

2 – L’Aéronef, Lille
3 – Trix, Borgorhaut
4 – Paradiso Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam
5 – Molotow, Hamburg
6 – Stengade, Copenhagen
7 – Plan B, Malmö
9 – Badehaus, Berlin
10 – Blue Shell, Cologne
11 – Rotondes, Luxembourg
12 – La Boule Noire, Paris
17 – Village Underground, London
18 – Patterns, Brighton
19 – The Joiners, Southampton
21 – Exchange, Bristol
22 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
23 – Bodega Social, Nottingham
24 – The White Hotel, Salford
25 – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
26 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

MARCH 2022
1 – The Cluny, Newcastle
2 – The Caves, Edinburgh
3 – Mono, Glasgow

APRIL 2022
5 – Earth, London

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