It’s official; Yonaka are everywhere. Having been announced as one of this year’s #NME100 and signing to Atlantic Records just a few months ago, the Brighton based four-piece have come a long way since I first set eyes on them at Flying Vinyl Festival back in April 2016. In the past six months, they have made waves supporting the likes of The Libertines, have headlined the free Hopscotch tour alongside Anteros and Stereo Honey, and this week played a sold-out show at their hometown’s intimate Green Door Store. Supported by fellow Brightonian indie lads Method Actress and five-piece Reading powerhouse Valeras, the band played a short but sweet45-minute set, cramming in all of their most well-known tunes, and surprising fans with a few new tracks thrown in there too.
Famed for their fuzzy guitar riffs and punchy bass lines, the group thrashed their way through ‘Gods & Lovers’, ‘Run’, and ‘All In My Head’, all tracks taken from their 2017 EP, ‘Heavy’ – the sultry tones of lead singer Theresa Jarvis interwoven with the raw rhythms of each track pairing perfectly to create a performance full of bite and unpredictability. New song ‘Real Love’ involved an abundance of twangy guitar notes and heartfelt vocals, while ‘Fuck the Boss’ exuded confrontational lyrics and aggressive bass lines.
Fan favourite ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya’ finally caused the break out of the all expected mosh pit, inciting a mass sing along even amongst those who were unfamiliar with the track, before ‘Bubblegum’, with its echoing vocals and brash drum beat signaled the end of the set. Having been both consistent and persistent over the past three years, it’s clear that the band’s hard work is finally paying off, and as it appears at the moment, it can really only be up from here.