Yuck - Yuck

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Alternative, Garage Rock, Indie
Fat Possum Records
Yuck
Yuck
Yuck - Yuck Review rating:
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When it comes to developing a list of defining fads and events in the 1990’s, the possibilities are endless. Pogs, Hey Arnold!, “Whatssahhup?!” commercials, and even the Bill Clinton sex scandal seem to come to mind; portraying a decade that had more than enough to keep the average youngster occupied. Within the music world, the ‘90s had given birth to massive mainstream successes such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and a nauseating number of boy bands; but for those us who were really paying attention, alternative acts Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, and Pavement were at the pinnacle of their careers. The influence that would swell in subsequent years was absolutely immense, and was almost singlehandedly responsible for the inception of 2000’s indie rock outfits. With that said, you better believe Yuck was paying attention.

For a band with members young enough to have experienced all of the aforementioned phenomena’s to at least some degree, it isn’t shocking to reveal exactly where Yuck has derived its sound from. The band’s self-titled debut is very much a testament to its inspiration; a fifty-minute lo-fi expedition, which electrifies the listener with walls of feedback-drenched sound and an immediate accessibility. A major reason for the latter lies within the dominant and aptly utilized lead guitar, which ultimately provides Yuck with a tremendously melodic quality. Amazingly enough, much of the release’s guitar work seems to effortlessly complement Daniel Blumberg’s tranquil vocals, featured especially on the low key tracks. Case and point with the poignant “Shook Down” and the indubitably sweet “Sunday.” A melting pot of acoustic and electric guitars, both pieces benefit from what is a reassuring and infectious atmosphere, even if the lyrical content doesn’t emit this. “Did you take the rhythm from me? Yesterday I had it all,” Blumberg remorsefully sings, yet the music seems to retain a hopeful sensation. Yuck fires on all cylinders in this regard, as the record possesses an uplifting eminence about it.

When Yuck isn’t charming the listener’s pants off however, they are launching an assault on the ear drums. The record’s layered, and heavily distorted attack is instrumental in creating walls of tuneful noise, as depicted in tracks such as “The Wall,” “Holing Out,” and “Rubber.” The latter proves to be the record’s defining track (regardless if it is the best or not); a fuzz-fest of a closer, which takes both the melodic and hazy characteristics scattered throughout the album and incorporates them into a seven-minute masterpiece. A slow-burner by trait, “Rubber” is so noisy that Blumberg’s vocals are nearly drowned out by the guitar layers, and become even fainter as the track develops momentum.

As derivative as Yuck’s self-titled debut appears, the quartet has crafted a resonance that stands as a separate entity from its influences. Uplifting, rollicking, and indisputably infectious, Yuck illustrates exactly what is sought after in a garage-rock record and then some. Many argue that first impressions mean everything, and Yuck has certainly made a statement in this regard. Ironically enough, Yuck is absolutely delicious.

1. Get Away
2. The Wall
3. Shook Down
4. Holing Out
5. Suicide Policeman
6. Georgia
7. Stuck
8. Stutter
9. Operation
10. Sunday
11. A Rose for Lily
12. Rubber
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