Y-Key Operators – What’s Real Anymore ? (REVIEWED)


A 4-track E.P. of cleverly crafted Manchester Indie/Dance songs with some social commentary.

The band themselves hail from Failsworth, North Manchester. Having worked the live scene a few years and building a fervent fanbase. (They even put on a coach for fans to go and watch them play!!! How about that for showing a social conscience!)

From their Biog

“From the heart of Manchester, YKO has been entertaining packed venues across the city since 2014. Their energetic live stage shows, coupled with their synth-driven unique brand of Indie-Rock has earned them a reputation as one of the scenes freshest and most vibrant bands.

With echoes of New Order, The Smiths and The Stone Roses influences resonating through their music, YKO put their own stamp on the genre with floating bass lines and hefty guitar. 2017 is the Year YKO are looking to spread the word far and wide across the UK and beyond, and bring their unique take on the Manchester sound to a town near you.”

So let’s make a start. Woz Griffiths, the singer and genial frontman, snarls out the lyrics of the opener over a sea of guitars, driven bass and crystal clear synths. “What’s Real Anymore?” is nostalgic paen to “Real” music, a pop song lamenting the lack of passion in today’s music. Short and to the point.

“Big Society” is a bit of a departure, sounding like early New Order, it’s almost punk. Lot’s of jangly guitar and a bouncing bass. It shows they have a wide variety of tracks to offer up. A track simply about making ends meet, social justice and people’s perceptions. Excellent harmonies are provided by guitarist, James Freeman.

“Oxygen” is up next, with the return of the synths. This is quite retro sounding with Stone Roses guitar effects. A live favourite it takes you on a melancholic journey with some excellent bass from Ray Bowles. Gothy rock ???? (They’ll kill me for saying that!)

Finally, “Demascia” , retro/future space rock with those big synth sounds, from Malcolm Burke, backing up some Manc dance swagger. It certainly goes off on one as the bass and drums  A fitting closing track from an E.P. that will have something for everyone.

So it is out there to buy in digital form, go on dare you to get hold of one of the vinyl effect CD’s!!! Lovely Stuff!!!






6 responses

  1. Awesome !! I’ll look for it in physical form CD or Vinyl (If Available in US). iTunes here is US $2.76 EP. Like em’ all!! Otherwise I’ll iTunes it. So maybe a full album next year….!?

    1. It’s currently not available physical in the US we only sell them at gigs currently. If you are buying the iTunes version drop us an email or message us on Facebook and we will see if we can send a cd over to you so you have both.

      1. Excellent News !!! I’ll be in contact soon…! Appreciate the prompt response !!

  2. Hello friend, of all the music blogs that I know, this one is the worse quality in the archives

    1. Oh thanks for that! Love a bit of pointless criticism!

    2. Haha 😀

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