James believes humour’s what makes life better. He lives for those silly moments with mates, knowing what a difference they make:
“When you’re laughing you’re not fixating on problems, you’re just focusing on that shared moment. I think it’s important not to deny yourself of those things. All my closest relationships are with people who I’ve connected with over humour. It’s so important.”
So what can we expect from the new album? Well, it’s a new era for the band, which James has stepped into by auctioning off his famous trench coat for CALM. James describes his trench coat as a cloak, a way to create a cartoon version of himself onstage.
“It was a defence - a way to get into character and be a more obnoxious, sarcastic version of myself onstage. The new music’s got a lot more emotion to it. I think we hit that at the backend of the last album, where I dropped my guard a bit. People resonated so strongly with those tracks and it gave us the confidence to express ourselves and be a bit more vulnerable. I’m really excited about the new album.”
It’s not just something James is bringing into his music, it’s also something he thinks is important when it comes to showing up for someone who’s struggling:
“I don’t think people take actions towards suicide before they’ve spiralled without help for a long time. The first step is communication and letting people know they’re not alone.”
Keep your ears open for Yard Act’s second album, where they’ll be dialling up the honesty and breaking into a new era.