Yaz was only around for two years (82-83), but it the music it made in that short time period has had a huge impact on synth pop.
Now, Yaz is on tour for the first time in 25 years and getting good reviews:
Moyet’s deep, husky and sensual voice seems, at least on paper, an unlikely companion to Clarke’s cool electro blizzard. Yet, the two ended up meshing so perfectly on record, combining at times to create a sound best described as techno blues. Moyet, however, was in her early 20s when Yaz made its two albums and there were legitimate concerns that the vocalist, now 47, wouldn’t be able to handle her signature vocal parts as convincingly in 2008.
Although she has lost some of her range, Moyet still managed to impress in Oakland as she soared through “Goodbye ’70s,” “In My Room” and “Walk Away From Love.”
The bald-headed Clarke was robotically business-like, never addressing the crowd and rarely looking up from his expensive gadgets. Moyet showed more life, especially toward the end of the concert as she danced about the front of the stage. The real show, however, was in the crowd, as fans gyrated exuberantly to the two songs that everyone was waiting to hear: “Don’t Go” and “Situation.”
This could be your only chance to see Yaz perform. If you catch the show, let me know your thoughts in the comments.
|10 July||Los Angeles, CA||Orpheum Theatre [sold out]|
|11 July||Los Angeles, CA||Orpheum Theatre [sold out]|
|14 July||Chicago, IL||Chicago Theater|
|16 July||New York, NYC||Terminal 5 [sold out]|
|17 July||New York, NYC||Terminal 5 [sold out]|
|19 July||New York, NYC||Beacon Theatre|
|20 July||Washington, DC||9:30 Club|
|22 July||Dallas, TX||Lakewood Theatre|
|24 July||Cosra Mesca, CA||OC Fair / Pacific Amphitheater|