Amsterdam-based Yip Roc — Jorn ten Ham (guitar, vocals), Chrissie Quast (keys), Milan Hartsuiker (bass) and Kasper de Boer (drums) — are a rapidly rising indie rock act: over the past couple of years, the quartet have cut their teeth and horned their sound over the past couple of years, playing over 100 shows in and around The Netherlands and releasing a string of critically applauded by a number of Dutch media outlets for their explosive energy and their use of organs within their material. Building upon a growing profile in their homeland, the rapidly rising Dutch band are ambitiously setting their sights on a larger profile outside of their homeland with the release of their highly-anticipated debut EP 15 slated for release later this year.
Clocking in at a little over two minutes, “Zubra,” the second and latest single off their forthcoming EP is a furious, mosh pit friendly ripper centered around angular power chords, arpeggiated organs and howled vocals — and at its core, is a tale of frustration from a desperately lonely and sexually unfulfilled narrator, full of self-doubt, self-loathing and confusion. “‘Zubra’ is not only a tale of loneliness, but also of frustration. We can all relate to not being desired enough, leading to feelings of self-doubt,” the band says in press notes. “‘Zubra’ encapsulates the need to release and voice these concerns in a midnight howl. Sometimes you just need to break shit — whether it’s something else or even in yourself.”
Directed by Hache.MOV, the recently released video for “Zubra” is a glitchy, VHS filmed. fever dream of booze and drug-fueled violence, depravity and self-destruction as we follow a series of desperate, dysfunctional characters.