YONAKA have just released their brand new single, “Call Me A Saint.”The self-produced track follows in the footsteps of previous singles “Ordinary”and “Seize The Power,” in being empowering and delivering an important message. It explores the theme of mental health, and Theresa Jarvis’s own personal struggles she has dealt with within this.
Lead vocalist Theresa shares, “I wanted to remove myself from the anxiety as if I was its keeper and it was a guest, and I was a saint to this thing to let it keep its place in my mind. You constantly feel like you are on the run from something big and scary when you’re battling with mental health. It’s a long hard journey that you can never fully free yourself from, so you learn how to live with it.
Dealing with this every day is big fucking deal, and I want to praise anyone for making it to the next day and fighting through it. We are slaves to our brains and the strength it takes to keep it together and keep moving is another level.”
YONAKA have cut their teeth on the live scene over the last couple of years, and 2019 saw them play sold-out shows in both NYC (Rough Trade) and Los Angeles (House Of Machines). The band have just announced that they will be returning to play Reading & Leeds Festival this August. The Brighton-based rockers are also set to play the UK’s 110 Above Festival the same month, Sonic Wave in December and are joining Catfish And The Bottlemen at Singleton Park in Swansea, in September.
2019 saw YONAKA release their highly esteemed debut album, Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow. Met with critical acclaim from tastemakers such as the Guardian, NME, Clash and more, the 11-track album has racked up a whopping 58 million streams on Spotify. Since its release, the band have been holed up in their Brighton home studio honing their craft, and finally creating the music they have always want to. When they met at Brighton university, vocalist Theresa Jarvis, bassist Alex Crosby, drummer Rob Mason and guitarist George Werbrouck-Edwards instantly jelled, quickly building their name with raucous live sets and a seamless merging of pop, rock and hip-hop inspired beats.
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