+ a very good new video
Jessie Atkinson
10:49 28th October 2021

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More boinging, eerie guitar riffs today from Yard Act, who have shared another teaser from their New Year release The Overload. 'Land of the Blind' is the second single to be taken from the debut album.

Yes, you get some lovely James Smith lyricism here. In this one, he's dead-panning his way through a song about illusion. The matching video shows the frontman with a goatee and a sequin jacket cheating a load of Lancashire locals out of their money during a rather hilariously phony magic show.

In one of his many wise moments, James said of the track: "'Land Of The Blind’ is a song about the art of illusion, and how self-confidence can really inspire conviction in a trick. Confidence is such a powerful tool and we are so often willing to believe what we are told by the most confident people in the room because the alternative of doubting them is to exhaust ourselves laboring the point by trying to talk louder than them."

The Overload Tracklist:

1. The Overload
2. Dead Horse
3. Payday
4. Rich
5. The Incident
6. Witness
7. Land Of The Blind
8. Quarantine The Sticks
9. Tall Poppies
10. Pour Another
11. 100% Endurance

See 'em live, by the way.


06 - Brighton, Mutations Festival
13 - Glasgow, Great Western Festival
21 - Paris, Pitchfork Festival


02 - Lille, L'Aéronef
03 - Borgorhaut, Trix
04 - Amsterdam, Paradiso Kleine Zaal
05 - Hamburg, Molotwo
06 - Copenhagen, Stengade
07 - Malmö, Plan B
09 - Berlin, Badehaus
10 - Cologne, Blue Shell
11 - Luxembourg, Rotondes
12 - Paris, La Boule Noire
17 - London, Village Underground SOLD OUT
18 - Brighton, Patterns
19 - Southampton, The Joiners
21 - Bristol, Exchange
22 - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
23 - Nottingham, Bodega Social SOLD OUT
24 - Salfrord, The White Hotel SOLD OUT
25 - Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club SOLD OUT
26 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club SOLD OUT


01 - Newcastle, The Cluny
02 - Edinburgh, The Caves
03 - Glasgow, Mono


05 - London, EartH
11 - Bristol, Trinity
18 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
19 - Liverpool, Zanzibar
20 - Leeds, Irish Centre
21 - Manchester, Band on the Wall
22 - Sheffield, The Foundry

The Overload arrives 7 January via Zen F.C.

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