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Y!KES

LET ME TAKE YOU DOWN, CAUSE WE’RE GOING TO BLACKPOOL WITH Y!KES. New Single ‘Step Away’ released 9/10/20

Y!KES its Y!KES

 Y!KES are a shambolic anti-pop quartet from the murky depths of middle England. With bombastic drums, riffs bigger than elephants, scathing lyrics and vocals grittier than the gravel on Satan’s driveway, they are here with one objective – to write MASS!VE tunes. Visually they are storytellers, their videos being part of the broader YCU. There you’ll find neon vampires, Terry the intergalactic swine and the legendary Bear Frills, a 6ft Teddy with human teeth. Y!KES exists to provoke audiovisual thought in the mind, angst in the soul and rage in the heart. 

So, let’s take a psychedelic walk through the strawberry fields of their latest venture “Step Away”, the second single off their second EP MASS!VE. It’s a catchy, insidious, slick Anti-Pop banger out now on all platforms (https://spoti.fi/2GioX8K) with a video ready for consumption on the 9th of October (https://youtu.be/qBWgCsPY__E). Following a brief stop in London to participate in Sky Arts’ recent freeview advert, they flew the Y!KES FALCON to Manchester for a socially distanced gig courtesy of MMTV, and then further north to Blackpool for a couple days of sun & shenanigans. Fortunately, Zak Taylor was there to catch it all on camera as the quartet explored the bizzare and beautiful landscape of Earth 2020, whilst being swiftly pursued by their arch nemesis Terry the intergalactic scoundrel. Who will win in this psychedelic battle for humanity? Find out for yourself. This is ‘Step Away’. 

Y!KES are hoping to bring the record to more MASS!VE stages post lockdown, with tours already confirmed with ‘Trashed’ and ‘Salvation Jayne’, as well as multiple festival appearances locked in for 2021 including Nottingham’s ‘Mind Fest’. 

Est. late 2019, the band released their highly well received debut EP ‘EP!C’ in Feb 2020, which spawned the singles ‘Hold On To Your Grudge’ and ‘Repeat The Objective’. They played a blinding set at Hard Rock Hell 2019 and went on to support a number of high profile acts including Vukovi, Counterfeit and King Nun. On the 14th August, they released their latest single ‘Pirouette’, swiftly followed by their second EP ‘MASS!VE’, which went on to gain a hugely positive reception from RGM, BBC Introducing, Kerrang!, Counteract and, most importantly, their rapidly increasing fan base. 

All music is written and produced by Liam Howard & Oliver Long at the Y!KES HQ. 
Y!KES are Oli, Liam, TJ & Ford. They invite you down the rabbit hole. 
Y!x

Y!KES – Step Away
released 9th October

Y!KES – Spitfire Salutes

Y!KES – Repeat The Objective

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Band/Artist location – Birmingham England
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