Yuck exploded on the scene with the song “Rubber” off of their self-titled debut album; a distorted guitar fuzz anthem that closes out the album with a bang. The rest of the record is scatterbrained. It’s a 13 track mix of 90’s indie rock nostalgia that sounds a bit like Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, and a lot like Sonic Youth. I love all of those bands, and really like the Yuck album, but its greatest strength is also the greatest flaw. Instead of mixing these influences into a sound of their own, Yuck jump all over the place and experiment with many different types of 90’s indie rock that makes the album hard to follow. That isn’t to say Yuck’s debut is bad by any means. Every song is solid and really fun to listen to, and I feel that they will find their own specific way eventually.
I saw them live a couple of months ago, and they were a lot of fun, but could use a lot more energy in their performance, especially given how big some of the songs sound live. Songs like “Rubber”, “The Wall”, and “Suicide Policeman” sounded really great live, and I am really excited to hear them again, especially in a festival setting. Yuck has one of the first slots of Sunday, and I have a feeling they are going to pleasantly surprise those festival goers that decide to come early and check them out.
(The self-titled Yuck is available now from Fat Possum Records)