Tonight’s sold out show proves that Leeds Post-Punkers Yard Act have built up quite the reputation over the last few years. The band have been touring relentlessly through 2022, popping up all over festival line ups and making appearances way beyond the UK. Their sharp, electric lyrics leave fans bubbling with excitement and caught the attention of British Rock band Foals who awarded them a support slot at their Castlefield Bowl gig back in the summer, but tonight, it is Yard Act who are quite deservedly headlining the magnificent Ritz.
Support came from Panic Shack, a Cardiff based DIY punk five piece who have made a huge impact since forming in 2018. There was a clear reference to Amyl and the Sniffers with their song “I Don’t Really Like it” which takes a swing at make dominance and predatory behaviour. Their songs are clever with witty tongue in cheek lyrics and intelligent play on words. Panic Shack are certainly one of the better all female punk outfits I have seen this year, they have something that other bands don’t, and going by the crowds reaction, are going places.
Yard Act kicked off their set with ‘Pour Another’ a track from their latest album released this year ‘The Overload’ before launching into a mix of old and new songs, highlights of which included ‘Tall Poppies’ and fan favourite ‘Trappers Pelt’. Frontman James Smith knows how to lead an audience with his sharp observations and wry humour, complete with exaggerated dance moves, often getting up close and personal with his audience, leaning into the crowd at regular intervals. The band create organised chaos, and are undoubtably one of the most exciting northern bands to emerge in recent years, mainly down to their energetic presence and sharp observations of modern society intelligently intertwined into their lyrics. They are paving the way in this post-punk revival and long may it continue.
The band are currently on the UK leg of their tour and are selling out venues up and down the country. In January the band travel to New Zealand to resume their tour, and with only a handful of UK dates left you had better be quick to catch them this side of 2023!