In the space of just one full single, Brighton quartet YONAKA have powered towards nationwide attention. The reaction after they uploaded their first track ‘Run’ to SoundCloud was phenomenal, as it was picked up for Radio 1 airplay without any promotion whatsoever. It was followed with their first full single ‘Ignorance’ which was released on Phil Taggart’s Hometown Records and continued to amplify the growing acclaim that has flowed their way.
YONAKA’s sound is one that sprawls ambitiously across music’s eclectic history: there’s exhilaratingly garage-rock exuberance; the thunderous loud/quiet/loud dynamics of Nirvana; heavy duty rhythms inspired by hip-hop; and soaring hooks that recall the joyous pop of The Marvellettes and the sinister storytelling of The Shangri-Las.
Standing centre-stage is vocalist Theresa Jarvis who switches confidently between beguiling soul and an intense, anguished howl. A tumultuous whirlwind of energy, her stage presence offers YONAKA a bewitching focal point that sets them apart from the pack.
Named after the Japanese word for midnight – an atmospherically apt moniker if ever there was one – YONAKA will continue to develop according to the subconsciously crafted plans of its members.