Yuck are certainly living up to the high expectations that have been placed on them. Even before the release of this debut album, they had already been named in BBC's 'Sound of 2011' as ones to watch. The band were formed in 2009. As longtime friends Daniel Blumberg and Max Bloom had previously been in a band together. Their female bassist Mariko Doi hailing from Hiroshima, drummer Jonny Rogoff from New Jersey (who dropped everything to be with the band, including a degree) and Daniel's sister Ilana (providing excellent backing vocals) complete the band. They are certainly the most exciting band I've heard for years, and tipped by some to be the forerunners in a new grunge revival.
The album was recorded on a £150 (approx.) eight track, and so is notably lo-fi. But don't let that put you off. The emotive melodies they churn out, with Daniel's voice sometimes being used like a fifth instrument that blends in to the fuzz and wail of the guitars are awesome. With some songs, 'Operation' in particular, it's hard to determine exactly what he's singing about, but just like the song 'Holing Out,' where the lyrics are about communication problems, feedback gradually covers a voice that is already slightly muffled; that's the point. But it's not all like that. Its the slower songs in particular like 'Suicide Policeman' and 'Shook Down,' where Ilana provides some amazing backing vocals. 'Georgia' reminded me of The Lemonheads' Evan Dando singing with Juliana Hatfield. There are many comparisons with Yuck to the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and many more, but in my opinion for a debut album, Yuck have blown these other bands out of the water. They've brought back a much needed sound from the late 80's, early 90's, but taken it to a new level. Yuck have created a tidal wave with this album. Phenomenal.