"Better Job" by YNES featuring Ace AmbroseReview
Now this is very exciting…..a most powerful & compelling collaboration between YNES and "Hot Music Live Presents" artist Ace Ambrose called "Better Job" has just been released.
On this YNES single, Ace (who we last heard from on her own single "Doomsayer" in November 2020) plays lead guitar: her first time I think as a featured instrumentalist & which shows yet another of her many talents. (Credit also to Felan Quirke on drums).
The two fit together perfectly as they share an uncompromising approach to their art. If Ace's new Gal Fawkes identity evolves her already radical character into new areas of activism, then Coventry based YNES has clearly already inhabited similar territory.
Together they assault the appalling governmental treatment of the arts over past months (I shan't catalogue their failings & malice: you know them & anyway YNES makes such a good job of taking them on, my words are superfluous on the subject). If the powers that be hold creatives in contempt & are conspiring to neuter them & silence their voices, here is an artist who will not lie down meekly & let it happen. This is not someone who will permit herself to be persuaded to retrain for something "better" and more docile.
The energy in "Better Job" is tremendous & the frankly punk mentality drives its point home with a ferocity rarely heard these days & which the subject requires. If YNES' snarling passionate words make the case beyond doubt, leaving no room for misunderstanding, then the vicious stabs of Ace's guitar punctuate the text equally appropriately.
There is such a refreshing breeze of honest statement which we certainly need: both in terms of the actual focus of "Better Job" but also more broadly in keeping the scene vibrant, dynamic & true: no wonder YNES is such a talked about artist currently. I don't remember ever exhorting readers to PLAY IT LOUD in a review, but I do here.
May the Government take note & act more righteously. The writing may be on the wall….