“I remember going to all those venues and stumbling across bands like This Et Al and ¡Forward Russia! “It was so exciting to me, coming from somewhere like Settle, where there wasn’t really an opportunity to go down the road to the pub and see a local band.” She laughs.“I remember someone at art college saying, ‘Do you only like mainstream bands?
“I had been in Settle my whole life, and there was nobody to really do that with.” Matt told Lins he was applying for an art foundation year in Leeds.
Lins knew about the city’s music scene; as far as she could tell, it was a city where bands were built between friends who said ‘yes’.
They talked about their shared love of bands like Radiohead, Muse, The Foo Fighters and Nirvana.
“I thought, oh, actually there’s a guy here that gets music, and I got really excited,” she says.
’ I didn’t really understand that concept because all I knew was what was in the NME; I didn’t have that access to anything DIY or anything small.
And I completely threw myself into it, going to two, three, four gigs a week.” One of these first nights at The Vine, Lins watched a supporting band play with so much ‘yes’ to their sound that stars bounced off the walls.
It is a noise in transition; a note that expands and evolves with every new encounter.
Lins grew up in Settle, North Yorkshire, a market town an hour’s drive from Leeds.
Devotees of ‘yes’ can attest to the benefits of pummeling towards the unknown with conviction, two consonants and a vowel at their side.
It’s easy to smash self-doubt with a brawny little Y-E-S at the end of your baseball bat.
"I'm completely shocked/disgusted with my 'teammate' Zilin," she wrote on June 3.