Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub, Lush
London-based Yuck delivers the world a shoegazer redux, familiar brooding territory for a generation raised on the long, simmering guitar wash, yet original enough for the uninitiated to bask in what they’ve missed.
After the 2008 collapse of the too-big-too-quick Brit pop purveyors Cajun Dance Party, singer/guitarist Daniel Blumberg and bassist turned guitarist Max Bloom recruited drummer Jonny Rogoff and bassist Mariko Doi to form Yuck, a band that picks up where the early ‘90s left off, a time when alternative music was truly alternative.
Reminiscent of the shoegaze of yore (already having gathered the inevitable comparisons to Dinosaur Jr. and My Bloody Valentine), Yuck reinvents and reintroduces the hazy atmospherics and the fuzzy feet placed firmly on the pedals guitar sound. Yet through all the distortion, Yuck is a hard band to pin down. An acoustic side project, appropriately titled, Yu(c)k, offers the sensitive, piano-driven tracks that blend together nicely with the stadium fuzz of their alter egos.
Yuck was recently signed by Fat Possum Records – home to an eclectic corral of creativity including the Black Keys, Band of Horses and Andrew Bird – and have announced a February release date for their self-titled full-length debut, one that is sure to grace the best of lists for 2011.