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Yard Act announce second album ‘Where’s My Utopia?’

The album, out next March, is being previewed by new single 'Dream Job'.

By Will Richards

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Yard Act (Picture: Phoebe Fox)

Yard Act have confirmed the arrival of their second studio album, Where’s My Utopia?, which will be released next March.

The group returned in July with comeback single ‘The Trench Coat Museum‘, and will release the follow-up to debut album The Overload on March 1, 2024 via Island.

The album’s announcement comes alongside the release of a new song called ‘Dream Job’, of which frontman James Smith said: “‘Dream Job’ feels like an apt introduction to the themes explored on Where’s My Utopia? – though not all encompassing. In part I was scrutinising and mocking myself for being a moaning ungrateful little brat, whilst also trying to address how the music industry is this rather uncontrollable beast that hurtles forward unthinkingly and every single person involved in it plays their part. Myself included, obviously.

“As with pretty much everything else going through my head last year, trying to find the right time to articulate the complexity of emotions I was feeling and the severity to which I was feeling them couldn’t be found – or accommodated, so instead I tried to capture it in a pop song that lasts less than three minutes once the fog had cleared a bit. It’s good and bad. I’m still glad that everything that happened to me happened.”

Watch the video for the new track below.

Next year, Yard Act will head out on the road next year for a recently-announced UK and European tour, taking in some of their biggest shows to date.

The UK dates kick off at Norwich’s UEA on March 13 and will continue through Europe until it winds up at Brussels’ Les Nuits Botanique on April 28. They have also today added a massive homecoming show in Leeds at Millennium Square for next August.

You can check out the dates in full below and buy tickets here.

MARCH 2024
13 – Norwich, UEA
14 – Nottingham, Rock City
15 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
16 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
17 – Newcastle, Northumbria University
19 – Belfast, Mandela Hall
20 – Dublin, Vicar Street
22 – Liverpool, Invisible Wind Factory
23 – Bristol, O2 Academy
25 – Brighton, Dome
27 – London, Eventim Apollo

APRIL 2024
4 – Nantes, Stereolux
5 – Paris, Cabaret Sauvage
6 – Bordeaux, Rock School Barbey
8 – Lisbon, Lav
9 – Madrid, Mon
11 – Barcelona, La 2
12 – Lyon, Le Transbordeur
13 – Bologna, Locomotiv Club
14 – Milan, Santeria Toscana 31
16 – Zurich, Mascotte
17 – Munich, Muffathalle
18 – Berlin, Festsaal Kreuzberg
20 – Stockholm, Slaktkyrkan
24 – Hamburg, Uebel & Gefährlich
25 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
26 – Nijmegen, Doornrosie
27 – Cologne, Kantine
28 – Brussels, Les Nuits Botanique

3 – Leeds, Millennium Square