San Fran 80s band YANKS releases archival rehearsal tape singles–check them out!


By Terry Marland, Rock At Night Wales

Review: Yanks’ singles ” Once for Love” and “Country Darlin’ – Big Stir Records

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From 1982 to 1986 “Yanks” were one of the hardest working bands touring North America. Emerging from the vibrant early eighties scene with a fresh outlook that created a rich blend of metal and hard rock interwoven with  punk influence

“Once For Love”  was a mainstay of their live act and this version, unearthed by Big Stir Records, is ready for a new audience to relish. Loosely inspired by the Jaqueline Susann novel, “Once Is Not Enough”, this recording has been lifted from an archive rehearsal tape and  has a sparkle about it confirming that it has stood the test of time.

Opening with a piercing guitar intro that gives way to gruff vocals the song has an infectious riff that stays with you long after listening. Drawing on a range of punk and  rock influences including the Clash and the Ramones, it may be a little clichéd , in a wonderful early eighties sort of way, but is certainly worthy of wide exposure.

This release is coupled with the slower, but equally engaging, B Side “Country Darlin”.

Yanks consist of : Owen Masterson, singer/songwriter guitarist; Jack Johnson, lead guitar/vocals; Paul Zahl, drums/vocals; Steve Aliment, bass/vocals.

American rock band Yanks were one of the hardest hitting acts touring North America. Out of San Francisco, Yanks emerged from the vibrant and seedy San Francisco punk scene of the late 70’s/early 80’s. Yanks are Owen, Steve, Jack, and Paul- Saddle Up

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Terry Marland