Yuck – Yuck (Pharmacy/Fat Possum) 21/02/2011

March 3, 2011 by  

Since the beginning of 2010, Yuck have frequented lists of ‘bands to look out for’ and therefor their debut album is released under some spotlight, with big things expected from them. Formed by school friends and former Cajun Dance Party members Max Bloom and Danny Blumberg, Yuck are a young quintet with wide-eyed enthusiasm.

Their influences are obvious, late ’80s guitar music, most notably bands such as Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Twenty years on and it seems the world is ready for another shoe gazing explosion, and Yuck sound fresh and exciting. They haven’t rewritten the rule book by any stretch of the imagination, but their distorted guitars and infectious melodies rarely sound tired and there is an innocence to the lyrics and the vocals that really is a breath of fresh air. Amongst the heavier tracks such as ‘Get Away’ and ‘The Wall’ are lighter gems such as ‘Shook Down’ and ‘Sunday’ that represent the band’s eye for a lush melody.

While they wear their-influences on their sleeve for the majority of the album, the final track ‘Rubber’ gives an insight as to which direction they may go in, in the future. Heavily distorted vocals and a trudging beat that lacks the optimism of the rest of the album, it shows they do have more to offer than paying homage to their predecessors. This is hardly surprising as the band seem to have a maturity beyond their tender years and with that in mind it will be interesting to see how their sound develops.

[rating:4]


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