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By – Kristi Houk

we love this record and this band!  but for the life of us we can’t find a damn thing out about them 🤣


Recommended if you like: PiL, Tricky, Vacation Forever, Deki Alem

Upon listening to the new Y!KES ep, I have a question—

Are they punk, metal, grunge, electronica or a brilliant amalgamation of all four? 
One minute I’m wearing an oversized smiley face t-shirt dancing at London’s Heaven nightclub to tracks like opener “Five Days in a Coma” with its Charlatans UK vibe and the next I’m moshing shirtless in some stinky bar to songs like “Ciao” where you can literally hear the crashing of glass.

All cliché’s aside, this is an exhilarating batch of tunes and the cherry on top is vocalist, Oli Long’s spitting, snarky desperation. He’s a punk’s poet with no f’s to give. It’s reminiscent of John Lydon during the PiL years. On “Five Days in a Coma” we learn that the struggle is all too real: “Excuse me, Miss, if I took your drink last night, but at this time, I’m out of options, but I think that’s alright.” Call it the official party anthem of Summer ’23.   

The mood swings slightly on the slinky, tranced out track “Perfume” with throbbing drum and bass and an anguished lover. Somebody’s in the doghouse: “I built this house for you, I built this house for two. I paint the walls in your favorite color—velvet blue. I can change for you. I’ll fix the cracks with expensive glue.” This track sees the band stretching out and catering to a more modern formula. It’s a fresh spin on the trip hop sounds of the 90’s. 

More, please.


Stand Out Tracks: “Perfume,” “Ciao,” “Five Days in a Coma”

Written by: kristi houk

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