YEAR RELEASED: 2011
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Rubber, Georgia, Holding Out, Get Away, The Wall, Shook Down
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No, unless you have an outlet of British Indie music around these parts.
LINEUP: Max Bloom, Mariko Doi, Jonny Rogoff, Daniel Blumberg
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: UK indie band years for the days of shoegaze and distortion and makes an album that wouldn’t sound out of place in 1991.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It has been 20 some years since shoegaze, My Bloody Valentine, and the whole 90’s indie guitar rock scene, hasn’t it? Yuck definitely brings one back to that era with distorted guitars, hushed mixed down vocals, and song structures that allow for dynamic effects to take hold.
Feedback, squeals, and fuzz litter the record, and the vocals are the norm here. Sometimes they’re quiet and almost mellow – other times they’re loud and fuzzed out.
The band is also striking visually – with Doi cooly playing her bass behind shades, and Rogoff at times featuring a huge white-man’s afro. Still, the music’s the thing and this debut was quite promising, especially since guitar rock almost seems passe.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This group grew out of the band Cajun Dance Party, which disbanded son after Bloom and Blumberg left.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a bonus EP is appended.
GRADE: A-: Sure, it’s a throwback to the 90’s, but it’s a good throwback. It’s really a love letter to shoegaze.