Chicago's forward-thinking YAKUZA will release its new full-length album, "Transmutations", on August 7 through Prosthetic Records. A listening party will take place July 31 in the band's hometown at The Liar's Club.
"Exploration, experimentation, riding the line between the familiar and the foreign; the essential elements for YAKUZA have already been established," frontman Bruce Lamont says about the band's sound. "We are not interested in creating music that'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 fuckin' mean."
Utilizing producer and established multi-instrumentalist Sanford Parker (RWAKE, PELICAN, MINSK) for the recording of "Transmutations", YAKUZA couldn't be happier with the album's end sound. "Sanford was great to work with," Lamont says. "We really feel he has refined his craft over the past half a dozen recordings he's done. He'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."
YAKUZA began demoing new material on February 28 at Semifour Studios in the band's hometown.
YAKUZA on tour:
Jun. 16 - Blue Island, IL - Kelly's Irish Pub
Jul. 31 - Chicago, IL - The Liar's Club (listening party)