YAUTJA To Kick Off US Tour; The Lurch Out Now On Relapse Records

Photo by Chappy Hull

Nashville underground trio YAUTJA will kick off their 2021 Winter tour TONIGHT, November 26th, in Birmingham, Alabama. The journey runs through December 18th. The band will be joined by Inter Arma, Yashira, Eye Flys, and Chepang along the way. See all confirmed dates below.

YAUTJA made their Relapse Records debut with their new album, The Lurch, released earlier this year. Recorded by Scott Evans at Steve Albini’s legendary Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, The Lurch amalgamates metal, punk, and noise rock into a ferocious hybrid that has propelled the band from the obscurity of the American South onto the international stage.

The Lurch, which features artwork by Brandon Guerts (Pig Destroyer, Melt Banana), is out now on CD, LP, and digital formats. Physical orders are available via Relapse.com HERE. Digital downloads/streaming services are available HERE.

View the band’s previously released videos for “The Weight” HERE, “Tethered” HERE, and “The Spectacle” HERE.

11/26/2021 The Firehouse – Birmingham, AL
11/27/2021 Graveface Museum – Savannah, GA
w/ Yashira:
11/28/2021 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
11/29/2021 Crowbar – Tampa, FL
11/30/2021 Archetype – Jacksonville, FL
12/1/2021 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
w/ Inter Arma, Eye Flys, Yashira:
12/2/2021 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
12/3/2021 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
12/4/2021 Reggies – Chicago, IL * Peace Simulation Midwest Pop-up Showcase w/ Primitive Man, Indian, more
12/5/2021 Spacebar – Columbus, OH
12/6/2021 DRKMTTR – Nashville, TN
12/7/2021 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
12/8/2021 Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC
12/9/2021 The Pour House – Raleigh, NC
12/10/2021 Golden Pony – Harrisonburg, VA
w/ Chepang:
12/11/2021 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC
12/12/2021 QXTs – Newark, NJ
12/13/2021 Apohadion Theatre – Portland, ME
12/14/2021 Rednawa – Middleton, CT
12/15/2021 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA w Blood Incantation, Primitive Man, more
12/16/2021 The Building – Allentown, PA
12/17/2021 O’Briens – Boston, MA
12/18/2021 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

From the opening roar of “A Killing Joke” and the ominous noise waves of “Undesirables” to the churning cannonade of “Before The Foal,” The Lurch conveys the personal frustrations and sociopolitical observations of its creators. “We’ve got our bubble of friends and artists and businesses, but you drive 30 minutes out of town, and you see confederate flags or people wearing t-shirts that say, ‘Redneck Lives Matter,’” bassist/vocalist Kayhan Vaziri explains, “so there’s a lot of frustration there, and some the lyrics pertain to that.”

Elsewhere on the album, tracks such as “Tethered” and “Wired Depths” discuss the various technologies and systems in place befalling the great populace. Rampant displacement of local communities fuel Vaziri’s opening screams in the track aptly titled “Catastrophic” – “Forced under society!”

Featuring members of several other musical projects including Thou, Coliseum, Mutilation Rites, and more, YAUTJA‘s collective experiences across the underground and experimental subgenres drive their unique sound. The band’s palpable malaise, malcontent, and sharpened edges are matched by the album’s production – the attack of noisy, whirring guitars constantly veering on dissonance are met with a destructive, mangled low end, as they march on to some of the most creative drumming in the genre. The Lurch showcases a band that is daring, experimental, and unrelenting.

“The Lurch showcases an already exceptional band at a grander, more diverse peak.” – Decibel

“Every song YAUTJA creates is likely to contain a dizzying mix of bombastic sludge, furious hardcore, brutal grind, and nauseating noise rock. On The Lurch… YAUTJA hone and perfect their craft; they keep their ‘more is more’ spirit alive.” – Chicago Reader

“They play with the speed and ferocity of a hardcore band, but their riffs have sludge all over them, and their vocals are pure swamp-monster shit. In their hammering onslaught, you can hear echoes of early Mastodon, and that’s high praise…” – Stereogum

“…an unrelenting bludgeoning via energetic sludge.” – Metal Injection

“Everything about The Lurch feels primal. The stalking stab of dissonant guitar riffage. The unsettling atmosphere of tectonic tempo shifts. The murky morass of glacial fuzz and doom. The frenzied bark of disembodied vocals. It’s a record at tension with limbic flight and fight responses, that eternal dance between predator and prey, evoking the band’s namesake in both intent and present danger.” – New Noise Magazine

“It’s wild without being scattered, ruthless without overstaying its welcome, impactful without wearing you out. It’s another iteration from one of the best goddamn bands out there…” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy