Thrash Hits verdict: We’ve been holding on to this interview since soon after Yards’ first show but now, with a four-track, sub-11-minute EP available and a sixth show in Camden to boot, we figured you should find out about this lot. Comprised of former The Ghost of a Thousand singer, Thomas Lacey, Astrohenge guitarist, Hugh Harvey, they’ve created a slice of ferociously melodic hardcore. The crusty minute-long squal of ‘The Rut’ bleeds into the TGOATy punk of ‘Modern Sovereigns’ before the swarthy swagger of ‘Castles of Romford’ changes the pace. While the five-minute “epic” closer ‘I Miss John Candy’ threatens to descend into spacious anarchy, the brevity of the EP will leave you wanting more (in a great way) and we’ve been informed that we “can glue then next EP to the first one and just listen to them back-to-back”. Excellent.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Really Really Loud
How did you meet? How did you first hook up with Tom Lacey?
I hook up with Tom Lacey everyday when I wake up, look in the mirror and say, “Hello, you’re Tom Lacey.” Can I just say that the other members of the band wanted to express what an absolute fucking honour it is to work with me on this project. Dream come true for all of them.
Ah. Hi, Tom. We thought this was Hugh. What made you want to start another band?
I’m guessing this was aimed at all the other members of Yards who are in other bands, but I’m the one answering these, and aren’t in any other bands. So I’ll answer it as if I am in another band. I wanted to start another band because I literally shit music, and Yards are the musical wet-wipe to my music-smeared buttocks.
What does this mean for your other bands?
It means they all hate me as I’ve taken the other guys away from their other, more important bands.
Where did the name come from?
It comes from the French “Yards”, which literally translated means “Yards”, as in “More than one Yard.”
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
I’ve yet to grow up, but I was born in Chichester, which as anyone who has a passing interest in culture or music will tell you, is where dreams go to die. So I had to escape as soon as possible. Never returning is the driving force behind everything.
You’re too good for these stock questions. What are your non-musical influences?
The kiss of an autumn breeze, the tear of an orphaned child, a single swallow on a telephone wire staring out to sea after it’s lost brethren: these things and more influence the cock out of me.
Here’s a new one. Tell us all about Negative Hardcore in one sentence.
Negative Hardcore is the PC to Positive Hardcore’s Mac: Redundant, half finished and hope-sapping.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in this band?
Our first and [at the time of writing] only show is easily the best show we’ve ever played as a band, it outstripped all the other shows we have yet, or will ever play, purely by being 15 minutes long.
With which band would your dream support slot/tour be?
The Secret are my current favourite heavy band. They’re incredible.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
The London scene at the moment is fucking healthy, and it’s great to be a part of it. I should name drop some, but I’m saving that for the question three down from this, which demonstrates my remarkable organisational skills.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
Hugh’s fingers are the only area in the known universe where light doesn’t travel in straight lines. He’s trying to write a book on it but I keep knocking juice over his laptop.
Are TGOAT writing a new album? That’s the rumour we heard.
If they are, they’re doing it without me, which can only improve it.
Tell us a joke.
A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm and says:
“A beer please, and one for the road.”
As well as this righteous gig at The Black Heart in Camden, London on Friday, Yards will be playing “loads more shows” this year and will probably make another EP for us to glue to this one as well. While you’re waiting, go and check out their Facebook page and buy the Yards EP.