Yakuza

Yakuza

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Spiritual nirvana by the power of the riff, Yakuza will take your face off and enjoy themselves doing it

Biography

Yakuza - Some Interesting Facts

Personnel:
David McCann - Guitar + Vocals
Ronan Quinn - Guitar + Vocals
Philip McKernan - Bass
James McDonald - Drums

Formed: Coalisland Co. Tyrone August 1997 for the purpose of having fun and writing songs. Yakuza is a band that concern themselves above all else, with writing solid, enticing, danceable songs

Releases:

Everyone Thinks I'm A Dinosaur 7" Single Pet Piranha Records Sept 2002
One Nation Under Awed Album Nova Records May 2004

Upcoming:

New full length album recorded at Jackpot! Studios Portland Oregon (Elliot Smith/Pavement/The Gossip) with Dubh David Black (Muhoney/REM/Cornershop)

Tours:

Ireland - Sept 2000 / May 2002
UK - Aug 2003 / May 2004 / Nov 2004 / Oct 2005
Italy - Sept 2001

Played with:

The Undertones / Therapy? / Liars / Oxes / Jetplane Landing / The Devastations / Gold Blade / Electric Eel Shock / Blood Red Shoes / Dead Meadow

Influences:

REM / Joy Division / Pavement / The Pixies / Dinosaur Jr / The Minutemen / Johnny Cash / Sonic Youth / David Bowie / The Ramones / The Jesus Lizard / Nirvana

Praise:

Top 50 Albums of 2004 for One Nation Under Awed - Alternative Ulster Magazine

40 Hottest Bands in Ireland List 2007 - Alternative Ulster Magazine

Spiritual nirvana by way of the riff - The Irish News

Mixing up jon spencer, sonic youth and the full on might of the wedding present, one of the finer indie rock noisemakers around the country at the moment - roadrecords.com

Raised on an unsteady diet of The Birthday Party, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and Truman's Water, these twisted mid-Ulster hallions have an amazing batch of new songs which take the electric white boy blues of debut album One Nation Under Awed to a seedy post-punk disco before locking them in and burning the b*stard to the ground. They'll take your face off and enjoy themselves doing it. - The Irish News

Lyrics

Shirts & Skins

Written By: Yakuza

Why do you want a human cannonball {take me higher!}
In your yard like a par five hole in one {take me higher!}
Moving wrong is like ambiguity {take me higher!}
Like to see me dribble on the floor

Shirts and skins
Shake your asspirins(we don’t remember the winners name)
Shirts and skins(extra play, free ball, you’ll not win)

Wanna know, wanna know what you want {take me higher!}
No alibi in this loyal myth at all {take me higher!}
Dig a hole show the bear the trappers home {take me higher!}
We are the goats who fooled the troll

Shirts and skins
Shake your asspirins(we don’t recall the lives of men)
Shirts and skins(check you extra balls you’re too thin)(shirts and skins)
Get that shirt off!

West Of The Best

Written By: Yakuza

Four versus fifteen, the river and the two teams
Courting animosity, on our way to the sea

Can’t see, twenty foot forward
Plentiful lost on, a whim

Thank you, think you, I can’t thank you
Can’t you think, you, like I thank you?

Tissues are ready, you’re drowning in your self esteem
I’d talk to your hand but I think your face is listening

Can’t see, twenty foot forward
Plentiful lost on, a whim

Thank you, think you, I can’t thank you
Can’t you think, you, like I thank you?

Look beyond your wet screen, we’re happy if you notice us
Invest it in a new scene, just hope the banks are opening

Hvala Valhalla

Written By: Yakuza

All your little dreams are wasted here
And your backup plan was insincere
So eat your words and shed a tear
And I’ll drip my poison into your ear

Go home
Compromise
At least you tried

So why did you ever listen to me?
I am the antidote to your dreams

Go home
Compromise
At least you tried

So panic!
Relax
Stand up!
Sit back
Stay here
Go home
Compromise
At least you tried

We Are Not the Rolling Stones

Written By: Yakuza

It looks like the drummers got himself a heroin problem
It looks like the bassist’s got a problem with underage girls – Oh no

We’re not who you think we are
We’re not who you think we are
We’re not who you think we are

It looks like that guitar, is missing the high string
It looks like the singer’s got big rubber lips, but he’s not

We’re not the Rolling Stones

Cut loose counterfeit Keef!

We’re not who you think we are
We’re not who you think we are
We’re not who you think we are
Who do you think you are?

Discography

Everyone Thinks I'm A Dinosaur 7" Single Pet Piranha Records Sept 2002

One Nation Under Awed Album Nova Records May 2004

Set List

Typical set list 45mins to 1hr consisting of all original songs, eg:

We Are Not the Rolling Stones
Monsignor Spyplane
West of The Best
My Beautiful Knuckles
What You Don't Know
Monobrow Island
Hvala Valhalla
West Coast Hi Five
Shirts & Skins
The Last Elastoplast
Everyone Thinks I'm a Dinosaur
Click
Magnum pi
Pastor of Muppets