The likes of Noah and the Whale, The Vaccines, and Bombay Bicycle Club will be taking to the NME stage this year to show us what the 21st Century has to offer in terms of indie music. However, bringing a much more 20th Century feel to this year’s indie scene are Yuck. Drawing heavily on influences Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, it almost feels as though Yuck bring nothing new to the table, but after listening to their self-titled debut, this doesn’t matter in the slightest.
Yuck formed in London with two ex-members of the band Cajun Dance Party (Daniel Blumberg and Max Bloom), who left in 2009 to join Yuck. The other members of the band are Jonny Rogoff, Mariko Doi, and Danny Blumberg’s sister, Llana. The band came together to form an indie-feeling-grunge revival band that is slowly gathering the acknowledgment they deserve.
Starting their Reading and Leeds career last year, Yuck played fairly early on in the day on the Festival Republic stage; this year they’ve made a big step up to the NME stage, and really have the chance to prove themselves in front of a larger audience.
Their debut album was released this year, reaching an unflattering position of 62 in the UK album charts, where it stayed in for a grand total of one week. Despite this, the band have received fantastic reviews from critics, with 8/10 reviews from the likes of NME and a track of day awarded to them by Q for “Holing Out”. There’s no doubt that Yuck are going far, and although chart positions haven’t reflected it (they’ve not had an outing in the charts with a single yet), surely they can only be moving upwards.
Yuck are one of the most exciting bands around today, and are certainly worth getting up early for at Reading and Leeds this year. For a band that has only just released a debut album, they sound incredibly professional, and their live performances are very polished. Although their influences are obvious, and I’ve yet to read an article or review of them that doesn’t mention the words Sonic Youth or Dinosaur Jr., Yuck definitely have glimmers of individuality shining through, especially towards the end of their debut album. This is an encouraging sign for a potential follow up LP, as there is definitely room for Yuck to develop a more unique and distinct sound.
Yuck cannot be missed this year; there’s real 80s/90s nostalgia in their music that isn’t bettered by any other band around today. With the critical acclaim Yuck have been garnering, they’ll only go on to do bigger and better things, so expect great things from this band, as there is a lot of potential on show.
For Fans Of: Sonic Youth, Teenage Fanclub & The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Yuck will be performing on NME Stage on Saturday at Reading and Friday at Leeds.