Yes Sir Boss performing at the Jazz Café in London


Yes Sir Boss are an eclectic group of six college friends including Matt Sellors, bassist Josh Stopford, guitarist Luke Potter, drummer Reuben Nimmo, trumpeter Tom Lad, and saxophonist Jehan Abdel-Malak. Together they have cultivated a truly original and distinct sound that has elements of everything from a brooding Balkan blues band to a horn injected indie rock outfit… In the end, though, it’s the ecstatic meeting of all their diverse sounds that makes YSB’s uplifting, funky, rootsy, tunes so beguilingly unique.

Following headline slots at the likes of Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival, Electric Picnic and Green Man, a live radio session for Rob da Bank on Radio 1, and a 33 date UK autumn tour, the band released their EP ‘Desperation State’ earlier this year to critical acclaim.

The album ‘Desperation State’ glides effortlessly through stories of love, good times and political comments while taking the listener on a musical journey that “rocks out with the thrust and power of Queens of the Stone Age” (Jess Indeedy) and blends “Ska mixed with Balkan” to create an “epic soundtrack (Ivor Williams).

Seamlessly combining infectious groove-laden melodies, horn led hooks and epic riffs, ‘Desperation State’ draws you in with its dance floor filling funk and stripped-down, heartfelt tunes perfectly showcasing front man Matt Sellors’ husky vocals.

Opening with the bouncing title track, “a reflection on young people’s state of mind and the choices we make”, the album saunters through its eclectic mix of ska tinged rock, snarling the politically driven lyrics of ‘Not Guilty’ and ‘Til You Get Yours’. Inspired by the current tensions in the Middle East and the behaviour of certain politicians, Sellors says “the song is shouting – we are no fools, we can hear you saying yes sir boss to the temptation of power and wealth not to your people and the future”.

Elsewhere, the irresistibly catchy ‘Never Know’ is a foot-stomping tale of reckless courting, while the beguiling ‘Mrs. #1’, a duet with the band’s childhood friend and label owner, Joss Stone, is dedicated to “wanting someone so much, you don’t give it time to breathe”.

So how did Joss Stone discover the boys? “We were on our way to a gig,” Josh recalls. “We were lost in the fog and I accidentally called the first ‘J’ in my contacts, which happened to be Joss [Stone].” It turns out Stone and Stopford had remained in touch since they were kids and she’d been looking for a way to work with Yes Sir Boss. Josh continues: “I said sorry, wrong number, but she said no I’ve been meaning to talk to you – do you want to come and support me in Amsterdam? Then, when she set up her own label it was like, I want to sign you guys because I think you’re wicked.”

And as for the name? Nicked from one of their lyrics as a tongue in cheek comment on our tendency to obey the powers that be rather than think for ourselves.

Yes Sir Boss have been heralded for their energetic shows, earning them a reputation as one of Britain’s most dynamic new live bands. They’re currently at the end of a 40 date summer tour that has seen them in the UK, Ireland, Holland and Germany, before they get back on the road to support Joss in Holland, Germany and France and then begin of their full album tour. For full live dates please visit

“This album is the culmination of a few years work so we’re really excited for our fans to hear it, and hopefully we’ll pick up some more fans along the way!” says Sellors.

Make sure you go and check out Yes Sir Boss at the Jazz Café in London on October 18th!


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