Yuck – Rubber (Fat Possum Records ) 01/11/201

November 2, 2010 by  

Since their début single, Yuck have gone through more musical changes than your average band go through in their entire career. Starting with the fuzzy alt-pop of ‘Georgia’ they looked to be simply the British, well half British, alternative to New York’s alt-’80s revivalists The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

Yet, after that single they slightly altered their name to Yu(c)k and released a low-key acoustic EP on a limited cassette run. As brilliant and touching as it was, the EP was certainly a departure from their early Dinosaur Jr inspired tracks and begged the question; where are the band heading?

I tell you where; nowhere. Their new single, Rubber, transcends their early period, to become what can only be described as a prog-slacker anthem. Drenched in overdrive, the churning seven-minute lo-fi epic drags along, with a hefty guitar hook, slowly building the tension before one final splash of Daniel Blumberg’s vocals usher in the climatic, droning guitars. The effect is devastating and leaves you wondering what could they possibly do next. But when it’s all this good, who cares?

[rating:4.5]


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