Chicago’s forward-thinking YAKUZA have confirmed the release date for the band’s recently completed full-length, Transmutations due out August 7 through Prosthetic Records. A listening party will take in the band’s hometown July 31 at The Liar’s Club, details will be confirmed shortly.
“Exploration, experimentation, riding the line between the familiar and the foreign; the essential elements for YAKUZA have already been established,â€ frontman Bruce Lamont says about the band’s sound. â€œWe are not interested in creating music thatâ€™s not easily definable. Our roots are firmly planted in metal – yes, but like life, the sounds here are not cut and dry. At times this record can be uplifting, cruel, celebratory and just downright fuckinâ€™ mean.”
Utilizing producer and established multi-instrumentalist Sanford Parker for the recording of Transmutations, YAKUZA couldnâ€™t be happier with the albumâ€™s end sound: â€œSanford was great to work with,â€ Lamont says. â€œWe really feel he has refined his craft over the past half a dozen recordings he’s done. Heâ€™s known the band for a long time and helped with our last release, so he is already aware of our studio tendencies. With him the process felt almost effortless.â€
YAKUZA on tour
6/16 Blue Island, IL â€“ Kellyâ€™s Irish Pub
7/31 Chicago, IL â€“ The Liarâ€™s Club (Transmutations listening party)