Firstly, I would like to say "welcome to your new obsession, YONAKA." Known for kicking up a storm at their live shows the Brighton four piece's latest single "Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya" premiered on Radio 1 on Friday. The track, which was produced by none other than the iconic Ross Orton of the Arctic Monkeys follows up from equally radical and highly acclaimed alternative grunge singles "Drongo" and "Ignorance", which has seen the band touring with the likes of Drenge and Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes.
"Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya" is portentous, thrilling, brash and incredibly gnarly. Theresa Jarvis' vocals seep through crashing waves of heavy pulsing guitars like the arrival of an unstoppable deluge of energy. It's the sort of song that makes you feel so ruddy alive upon listening. The post-punk culmination puts YONAKA in the league of one of the most exciting new bands this year, and frankly it's not going unnoticed. The band have announced a string of upcoming festival dates including The Great Escape, Dot to Dot, Reading, Leeds and Download, as well as a headline show at the Sebright Arms Wednesday 7th June which I think it's safe to say is one not one to be missed.