Yard Act clear the runway for new album with single ‘Petroleum’

"People think they want honesty but they don’t, they want me to portray the version of honesty that they've paid to see and that’s part of the illusion.”

Yard Act Petroleum

Leeds lads Yard Act are back with their new track ‘Petroleum’, offering fans a taste of their much-anticipated second album Where My Utopia?, set for release on 1st March 2024 via Island. Pre-order it here.

The accompanying video stars the talented Rose Matafeo, adding a unique flair to the release.

Where’s My Utopia? follows the Leeds band’s acclaimed debut The Overload, which earned them a Mercury Prize nomination and a high chart position. The upcoming album, co-produced with Gorillaz’s Remi Kabaka Jr., promises to be an exciting step forward for Yard Act.

The band also has an extensive UK and EU tour planned for spring 2024, including a significant performance at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on 27th March and a grand show in their hometown at Millennium Square Leeds on 3rd August.

James Smith, the frontman of Yard Act, reflects on the inspiration behind ‘Petroleum’: “I lost it with the crowd in Bognor Regis and told them I was bored and I didn’t want to be there,” he recalls. “Me and Ryan had a row after, and Ryan rightly dressed me down for the way I acted.

“It got me pondering the idea that, now this is a job, what are the requirements of it? People think they want honesty but they don’t, they want me to portray the version of honesty that they’ve paid to see and that’s part of the illusion.”

Smith also shares insights into the ‘Petroleum’ video: “It was a lot of fun shooting this video, and a joy to watch our friend Rose Matafeo bring the leader of The Utopians to life. Though the story isn’t being told in a linear format, I hope that the journey of The Visitor through the last three videos is starting to come together and reveal that we’re working on something bigger here. More to come!”

Matafeo adds her thoughts: “I screen most of my phone calls, but when the phone flashes up ‘JAMES YARD ACT’ you’re gonna pick that up straight away. To feature in a Yard Act video has been on my bucket list ever since I added it to my bucket list after they asked me so I could have the satisfaction of crossing it off my bucket list. The overall vision for this album is so creatively ambitious and fun and cool and I’m so stoked to even be a little part of it. Sorry for my bad accent. Not sorry for the line dancing.”

In 2023, Yard Act proved their mettle with a series of successful festival appearances and a standalone single, ‘The Trench Coat Museum’. They also toured North America, culminating in a performance at Mexico City’s Corona Capital Festival.

Earlier this year, Yard Act made an impact with a five-night residency at Brudenell Social Club in their hometown, showcasing their versatility and appeal. The band has firmly established itself as a significant indie success story, balancing their rapid ascent with personal milestones and artistic evolution.

Yard Act’s upcoming album, Where’s My Utopia?, is set to be an exploratory journey, reflecting on the complexities of life, ambition, and creativity. Fans can look forward to a blend of diverse influences, from Fela Kuti to Ennio Morricone, in this bold new chapter for the band.

Yard Act 2023/24 tour dates in full:

  • 2 Dec | Maho Rasop Festival, Bangkok, TH
  • 3 Dec | Clockenflap Festival, Hong Kong, HK
  • 5 Dec | Shangri-la, Osaka, JP
  • 7 Dec | Club Quattro, Tokyo, JP
  • 13 Mar | The Nick Rayns LCR (UEA), Norwich, UK
  • 14 Mar  |  Rock City, Nottingham , UK
  • 15 Mar  |  O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
  • 16 Mar  |  O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK
  • 17 Mar  | Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
  • 19 Mar  | Mandela Hall, Belfast, UK
  • 20 Mar  | Vicar Street, Dublin, IE
  • 22 Mar  | Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool, UK
  • 23 Mar  | O2 Academy, Bristol, UK
  • 25 Mar  | The Dome, Brighton, UK
  • 27 Mar  | Eventim Apollo, London, UK
  • 04 Apr  | Stereolux, Nantes, FR
  • 05 Apr  | Cabaret Sauvage, Paris, FR
  • 06 Apr  | Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, FR
  • 08 Apr  | LAV, Lisbon, PT
  • 09 Apr  | Mon, Madrid, ES
  • 11 Apr  | La 2, Barcelona, ES
  • 12 Apr  | Le Transbordeur, Lyon, FR
  • 13 Apr  | Locomotiv Club, Bologna, IT
  • 14 Apr  | Santeria Toscana 31, Milan, IT
  • 16 Apr  | Mascotte, Zurich, CH
  • 17 Apr  | Muffathalle, Munich, DE
  • 18 Apr  | Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, DE
  • 20 Apr  | Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm, SE
  • 24 Apr  | Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, DE
  • 25 Apr  | Paradiso Main Hall, Amsterdam, NL
  • 26 Apr  | Doornroosje, Nijmegen,NL
  • 27 Apr  | Kantine, Cologne, DE
  • 28 Apr  | Les Nuits Botanique, Brussels, BE
  • 30 May | Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA 
  • 31 May | The Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA 
  • 1 Jun | Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA 
  • 3 Jun | The Catalyst Atrium, Santa Cruz, CA 
  • 4 Jun | The Independent, San Francisco, CA 
  • 6 Jun | Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR 
  • 7 Jun | Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC 
  • 8 Jun | The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
  • 3 Aug | Millenium Square, Leeds, UK
Yard Act Where's My Utopia
  1. An Illusion 
  2. We Make Hits 
  3. Down By The Stream 
  4. The Undertow 
  5. Dream Job 
  6. Fizzy Fish 
  7. Petroleum 
  8. When The Laughter Stops (ft. Katy J Pearson) 
  9. Grifter’s Grief 
  10. Blackpool Illuminations 
  11. A Vineyard for the North

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