London negative hardcore outfit Yards plunge to the darkest depths with their debut LP

Excitation Thresholds

The first time I heard of Yards was back in 2013, they had just released EP1 – which was followed up by the aptly named EP2 less than a year later.

The London hardcore mob are a self described negative hardcore band, a description couldn’t be any more true.

Beneath the crust / hardcore punk facade Yards have successfully injected a gamut of their influence into Excitation Threshold – the result is a well rounded and considered and incredibly vicious punk record.

The band features Tom Lacey, the former front man of the now defunct hardcore punk band The Ghost of a Thousand.

Taking the energy from TGOAT and channeling inspiration from the likes of Converge and another former UK heavyweight November Coming Fire.

The chaotic and noisy hardcore punk is of the previous two EPs is still prominent, however, there is a grander scale to the writing and to the overall tone of Excitation Thresholds.

Yards are most at home in the dark, playing incredibly well into the cover art for the record – dark overtures of the instrumentation drag the listener tooth and nail into a swirl of violent emotion, bloody knuckled and torn, alone and lost.

Everything You Love Reduced To Rubble ramps up the dense atmosphere – shrill Victorian doll house melodies mix sharply with the sheer discordant cacophony of Axe to Fail era Converge riffs.

BL-755 is where the band are at their most creative – the crackle of guitar feedback, the rumbling of the bass all works together to punctuate the album with a slow, foreboding song that fits perfectly encapsulates cover art.

If there’s one word that describes this record – it’s feral, the instrumentals are savage and lyrics are barks through blood and sinew – an LP where every note, every word carries actual weight.


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