This month, after about a year of touring arenas with some huge bands, YONAKA finally embarked on a headline tour of the UK promoting the upcoming release of their debut album. With a sold out stop in Nottingham at an intimate little venue called The Bodega I had to attend. This venue has a capacity of around 220 people which is a vast difference to the 3000+ capacity venues they have been playing recently. That being said, I don’t think they are going to be playing small venues for very long.
YONAKA have released 3 EP’s in the past 2 years and have recently announced their debut album “Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow”. All 3 of the EP’s have been filled to the brim with absolute bangers! At the show they played a few songs from the new album and I honestly can’t wait for its release in May. After talking to frontwoman Theresa, she explained that the album is about:
“People battling their demons, depression, anxiety and also about reaching out to someone and knowing you’re not alone”
Having listened to their invigorating recent releases I think their album will encapsulate this message perfectly.
In Nottingham YONAKA were supported by two incredible artists: Cassyette and Broken Hands. Cassyette is a glamorous, synthy, electro-pop, singer songwriter and model. In stark contrast Broken Hands are a fairly heavy rock band producing punchy riffs and gritty vocals. Both were perfectly suited to opening for a band like YONAKA. Both have incredibly powerful vocalists and used the small stage and intimate venue to their advantage.
Now that the crowd is ready to go, YONAKA took to the stage bringing with them some hefty riffs and lyrics that one day soon arenas will be singing back to them. Led by vocal powerhouse and complete badass Theresa Jarvis I can genuinely see this band headlining festivals and selling out huge venues very soon. YONAKA managed to get the whole room dancing and for most of the show the floor was literally bouncing; it was quite the challenge trying to capture decent images! The crowd, myself included, were screaming back the lyrics for the entire show which was somewhat spectacular.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend that you check this band out and if you have the opportunity to see them live, do it!