Yard Act

Yard Act formed in Leeds in September 2019 when Ryan Needham found himself temporarily living in James Smith's spare bedroom. Settling into a system of programming, looping and layering, the alchemy between the two created a base from which to build their complex and ever expanding narrative world. “Ryan is a vibe guy, whereas I overthink everything,” laughs Smith. “It’s been the greatest creative partnership I've ever had. When you find a groove that works, it just kind of looks after itself.”

Now expanded to a four-piece, joined by Sam Shjipstone (guitar) and Jay Russell (drums), their debut album “The Overload”, was released in January '22, landing a number 2 album in the UK, smashing vinyl sales records in the process and making them one of the most talked about band on the planet.

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Events featuring Yard Act

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DIY Magazine
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The Line of Best Fit
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NPR Tiny Desk Meets SXSW
Indie Rock
Professional Connections
Yard Act is seeking the following:
  • Gear Endorsement
  • Publishing
  • Sync/Music Supervisors