BRIGHTON HEADLINE SHOW @ THE GREEN DOOR STORE – FRIDAY 19 JANUARY
NME - “Brighton’s Yonaka are without a doubt one of the UK’s most unique bands…a volcanic mix that few can replicate.”
Dork - “There’s hunger of what comes next. A summer of festivals has left their name on the tips of tongues.”
DIY - “The sky’s the limit for a band like YONAKA… they already feel like a world-conquering proposition.”
EARMILK - "Welcome to your new obsession, YONAKA... one of the most exciting new bands this year."
London in Stereo - “…they’re carving out their own niche with their adrenaline, thunderous sound.”
Clash - “YONAKA look to be unstoppable…another marker on the road to world domination"
The Independent – “don’t say rock is dead before you check them out”
Kerrang! – “Brighton purveyors of dark alt.pop with a hefty side order of riffs”
Brighton firestarters, YONAKA, have today unveiled their debut, five-track EP “Heavy”, available now through all streaming partners (listen here).Additionally, you can listen to lead track “Bubblegum” below;
“Heavy” is yet another sterling effort from one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic up-and-coming guitar acts. Having worked closely with Rodaidh Mcdonald (The xx, Sampha) on production, sonically, the new EP brims with life and chaos, showcasing the Brighton-based band’s limitless musical vocabulary, something for which they have already received acclaim for after being hailed as ‘Ones to Watch’ by the likes of Clash, NME, Kerrang!, DIY + many more over recent months. Lead EP track ‘Bubblegum’ – a riff-led juggernaut about desire and determination - was showcased for the first time on Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show last month with a pristine live session from Maida Vale’s Abbey Road Studios and has already become a firm favourite amongst fans.
Quickly making a name for themselves on the live scene with their frenzied, adrenaline-charged performances and having been shortlisted for ‘Live Act of the Year’ at the Independent Festival Awards, which take place on 30 October (previous winners include Catfish and the Bottlemen and Slaves), YONAKA became a staple billing on this summer’s UK festival circuit with appearances at Reading & Leeds, Download, Bestival, Dot to Dot, The Great Escape + many more. Selling-out London’s Borderline last month and having played their biggest home show to date this week supporting The Libertines at the 4,500 capacity Brighton Centre, YONAKA have already tripled their live capacity since March! This autumn/winter, the band will be heading out on the road for a nationwide UK tour including a show at The Camden Assembly on 31 October - extra dates have been added due to overwhelming demand (full dates below).
Formed after meeting at university, YONAKA have released just a handful of tracks thus far - most recently “Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya”. Produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys) and their first output since signing with Asylum/Atlantic earlier this year [the band released a couple of tracks prior on Phil Taggart’s label, Hometown Records], the track was unveiled in May and received specialist support from the likes of Huw Stephens, Daniel P Carter, Annie Mac and MistaJam, in turn, accumulating over 60 plays on Radio 1 alongside a plethora of editorial support.
Currently working towards their debut album, watch YONAKA cement their name as frontrunners in the burgeoning UK guitar scene.
UK LIVE DATES
17th Oct Nottingham Rough Trade
18th Oct Liverpool Shipping Forecast
19th Oct Manchester Rugby Lounge
20th Oct Sunderland Think Tank
21st Oct Newcastle Institute 2
24th Oct Reading Purple Turtle
25th Oct Brighton Patterns
26th Oct Southampton The Loft
27th Oct Bristol Hy Brasil
28th Oct Birmingham Muther Studio
30th Oct Leeds The Wardrobe
31st Oct London Camden Assembly
4th Nov Blackpool Bootleg Social Club
9th Nov Bournemouth Sixty Million Postcards
10th Nov Coventry Kasbah Nightclub
11th Nov Tunbridge Wells The Forum (The Basement)
14th Nov Glasgow The Broadcast
15th Nov Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
16th Nov Cambridge Portland Arms
17th Nov Aldershot West End Centre
18th Nov Bath Moles
20th Nov Sheffield The Harley
14th Dec Derby The Venue (Radar Love)
20th Dec Southampton Talking Heads
21st Dec Brighton Green Door Store
22nd Dec Blackpool Bootleg Social
14th Jan Bogner Regis Butlin's Rockaway beach
19th Jan Brighton The Green Door Store