After relentless amounts of touring, an EP release, and a loss of a singer only to gain a duo, the time has come for Scottish sextet Yashin to make their mark on the world with their debut full-length. Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them brings the sound of a very different Yashin in 2010, as opposed to that of when Michael Rice could be seen heading the pack.
Yank singer Harry Radford delivers a very mainstream twinge in his chords, and delivers it very well, it has to be said. Opening track Get Loose! portrays the kind of music you wouldn’t be opposed to hearing on radio, and boasts an almost charming chorus and introduction. The monster-riffed Friends In High Places displays a more classic Yashin style however; moshworthy and massive, it’s Radford’s counterpart, newbie Kev Miles‘ time to shine, besting the track in some form with a punishing breakdown the kids are just going to love.
The album on a whole definitely sways to the poppier side of the spectrum, which in turn could open a lot of new doors for Yashin, but it seems a waste almost, given that on some tracks, Miles has barely a word to utter, and seems to get pushed to the back somewhat. Tracks like Stand Up and the much slower, more relaxed Black Summer being the main culprits. They’re great tracks, however; that has to be said, and for the better part, makes great use of having not one, but two vocalists duelling it out through each track.
Although, maybe cutting it a little short, (nine full songs and a hastily tacked on bonus Britney Spears cover for the record), there’s not a single point where this record loses its get-up-and-go, its energy and its all out catchiness. 36 Hours dishes out the arm-flailings and beat-ends in massive doses, whilst ballad-closer Down But Homeward Bound provides the much welcomed sing-a-longs.
It’s a strong set of tracks, one that can only be crafted from a skilled band, though if you liked the Yashin of old, for what made them the band they were at the time, the chances are you may find this one a bit hard to swallow – alternatively, you can note that today’s Yashin have changed direction, and with this strong debut, they’ve gone with something that’s going to win them a whole new legion of fans, and it may of just been the best decision they’ve made.
– George Cannings.
Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them is out NOW on iTunes, HMV.com, Amazon, and Yashin’s merch store at yashin.bigcartel.com.