Indie Crush of the Week: Yonaka

Who: Yonaka

Hometown: Brighton

Why we’re crushing hard.

Discovering Yonaka was a happy accident. It was during The Great Escape last year and we had turned up to seafront venue, Patterns, far earlier than intended for one particular band’s slot. We arrived to find a four-piece on stage shedding blood, sweat and tears– quite literally. The guitarist, it appeared, had been thrashing around so violently he had split his eyebrow open and blood was dripping down onto his fretboard. Meanwhile, the frontwoman had stopped prowling the stage to usher in two nipple-tasselled dancers to join her with ferocious hair whips. Amongst the chaos, the rhythm section pounded away, delivering gargantuan grooves. This was the moment we fell in love with that band, Yonaka.

Their unbelievable live shows have earned them support slots with the likes of The Libertines, The Cribs, Andrew W.K, and The Amazons to name a few, and last year they inked a deal with major label Atlantic. It’s not just on stage that they impress though, their debut EP ‘Heavy’ shows huge ambition, marrying singer Theresa’s vocal prowess with lethal riffs and arena-sized choruses. What more do we need to say?