Elsewhere, the title-track is another high point. Displaying the confidence and swagger of a band much further into their career, the song’s brazen strut is evidence that YONAKA aren’t content waiting for greatness to find them. Rather, the quartet are grabbing the mantle with both hands and determinedly running towards rock’s upper echelons at a rapid pace. As Theresa herself declares on penultimate track Wake Up, ‘Shit just got real’.
Just as endearing as YONAKA’s ambitious attitude is the consistency they offer up here. Young bands can be forgiven the odd lapse in quality on a first full-length and still emerge with a record worthy of great praise, but the Brighton natives are in no need of a helping hand. Right up until the final moments of closing number The Cure, which ends the album on a triumphant note, there’s not a moment where the standard of Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow drops. It’s thrilling, pedal-to-the-metal stuff throughout.
It’s on the energetic Rockstar, though, where Theresa best sums up YONAKA’s achievements here. A song that manages to feel both frantic and composed, it sees the vocalist making the exhilarated declaration that, ‘I just wanna be a rock star, baby’. Consider that mission well and truly underway, and with great success. What YONAKA have made here is one of 2019’s best breakthrough rock albums. Put simply, Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow is the birth of a new band of rock stars.