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Over this past year, Yuck have emerged as one of the best and brightest new bands, not to mention one of the most mercurial and unpredictable. Far from following any set patterns, they have instead forged their own path and cultivated a fervently devoted fanbase in the process, from their gorgeously winsome debut single 'Georgia', released on Transparent (and recently on Fat Possum in the US), to the 4 track, piano-led Yu(c)k EP 'Weakend', on Mirror Universe Tapes, to finally signing with Fat Possum/ Pharmacy Recording Co and releasing their sprawling, epic single 'Rubber' in November.

That deliciously maverick streak shows up once again on this, their hotly anticipated debut album. Self-produced, it finally unveils the full breadth and scope of Yuck, showcasing a band capable of sprinting off in pretty much any direction you can think of, so diverse and fully realized is its vision. It also shows that their previous releases were merely skimming the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the quartet of Daniel Blumberg, Max Bloom, Mariko Doi and Jonny Rogoff are capable of. This is a confident, wildly ambitious record, but also one which brims over with a ragged warmth and tenderness, tipping its hat at alt music heroes past such as East River Pipe, Dinosaur Jr and Sparklehorse while at the same time retaining a unique identity entirely its own. From the rousing call to arms of the opener 'Get Away', to the hypnotic sturm und drang of 'Rubber', and the grungy serotonin rush of 'Operation', it is clear that this is a band in full control of their powers when it comes to anthemic and offbeat guitar rock. But they also reveal an achingly fragile side too, as with the gorgeous, heartsick croon on 'Suck', or on 'Sunday', where Blumberg asks, 'Did you take the rhythm from me? Yesterday I had it all' over chiming, jangling guitars. Additionally, after an autumn tour which took in raucously received performances at this year's In the City and a sold-out London show at the Lexington, Yuck will be taking to the road for another headline tour of the UK, before heading off to the US for a spate of live dates, not to mention their debut shows at SXSW in March.


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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B004I199D6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tom Birkenstock on April 2, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Take a look at that cover art. I mean, look at it. They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it's just so damn easy. After glancing at the cover art of Yuck's eponymous debut, you immediately know that this group worships at the altar of J. Mascis and other 80s and 90s indie rock guitar gods. You probably already have a good idea of what this album sounds like, but I'll risk redundancy by dropping a handful of words on a review.

In a long tradition of English musicians, stretching back at least as far as the Beatles and the Stones, the London, England based Yuck seem far more interested in what's going on across the pond than in their own back yard. And I can't blame them. We make some fine music in the States. But sometimes it takes a foreign ear to be able to locate the very essence of great American music and then to play it back to us. I know artsy Americans like to prove the superiority of their own taste by claiming artist X from Europe is so much better than artist Y from the U.S., but when a European band loves American music this much (and vice versa), I can't help but feel like national borders are, at times, outdated.

Above I alluded to Yuck's love for Dinosaur Jr., and while this might be the case, I wouldn't limit their influences to any single band. Songs like "The Wall" and "Operation" have a beaten, gravel encrusted wall of guitar that certainly pay tribute to J Mascis's wailing guitar, but you will find that much of the album leans heavily on lighter ballads. "Suicide Policeman," for example, follows the lead of Yo La Tengo by incorporating horns and backing vocals that sound like they were rescued from a 70s AM radio rock ballad and housed in a much better song.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By dolby taylor on February 24, 2011
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Astonishing debut, reminiscent of the best early 90's indie and lo-fi alternative. Think Pavement meets My Bloody Valentine or maybe Nada Surf meets Silversun Pickups. listening now for 4 hrs straight and no songs to skip.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Abrahamsen on April 3, 2011
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Being well-versed on 90's alternative (plus of course 70's, 80's, 00's etc.) I very much love Yuck's debut. I'm impressed with how it's produced, written, played, might be one of the best of the year. The sound is familiar like an old friend (Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., Nada Surf, Smashing Pumpkins etc.) yet with own brilliant take that makes it feel new and fresh. I definately recomend buying Yuck's S/T, I know it'll be in rotation in my player for a while.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregory William Locke on April 11, 2011
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Every year it seems there's that one great newish nostalgia-aping band that just flat out does it right. Year's ago it was The Strokes' rap-rock killing, Iggy Pop-loving introduction; last year it was Best Coast's Liz Phair-inspired stoner/slacker/girlfriend debut; the year before that it was The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Stones Roses and My Bloody Valenting-loving pop debut; the year before that it was Times New Viking's GBV-obsessed breakthrough Rip it Off; and this year it's Yuck's Dinosaur Jr. and Teenage Fanclub indebted eponymous debut, which just might end up being my most-listened-to record of 2011 at this rate.

Built on a solid, solid set of 12 fuzzy rockers, this very young London quartet's sometimes loud, sometimes sweet sound arrives so developed - so good that you can easily play it next to any classic-era records from college rock's classic era bands. Bands like Dinosaur Jr (minus their metal influences), Chavez, the Fannies, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Sebadoh and even The Jesus and Mary Chain. Unlike most mimic-y records, Yuck manages to be just unique enough that it stands alone, a rewarding debut that has - no joke - at least six songs that I'd rank among the 50 best from the first quarter of 2011. Six! Opener "Get Away," for example, comes of like a young and accessible Thurston Moore singing over some seriously soaring J Mascis guitar riffs. It's the kind of song made for blowing speakers and angering neighbors. "The Wall," a song that should be a hit single, feels so much like a Pavement single (right down to the overly-simple drum and bass tracks) that I can't help but wonder what Mr. Malkmus thinks of the song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on April 5, 2011
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They play hard. They play soft. They play loud. They play with the passionate talent of youth.
The debut album from this London band delivers squalling, guitar-driven pop hooks with a
devastatingly potent & powerful indie rock spirit. These songs will stick in your head and capture
your heart with the pure, gritty beauty of their spellbindingly edgy melodic energy flow. Former
members of Cajun Dance Party, Impossible Village. Recalls the best of Dinosaur Jr., with bits of
Yo La Tengo, Bombay Bicycle Club, Teenage Fan Club, Sonic Youth, East River Pipe, My Bloody
Valentine, Sparklehorse, Built To Spill. An early 2011 favorite!
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By JPT on July 31, 2011
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I purchased this based on the strong Amazon recommendations. Personally, I can't give this 5 stars, which I'd reserve for trail-blazing albums that redefine a genre and create a new sound, or at "worst" the kind of albums which encapsulate the best work in a musical genre. I'd say this is more in the four star territory of an album that's very enjoyable to listen too and stands up to repeated listenings -- no small achievement in and of itself.

The comparisons to Smashing Pumpkins and Pavement's later albums sound about right in the other reviews -- Yuck's sound also remind me of a lesser known band from the 1990s out of Austin, Texas, called Bo Bud Greene and perhaps even a more popular act like the Gin Blossoms with a slightly dirtier guitar sound over-laid with echo and reverb effects. I don't hear the sonic wall of guitars that you'd hear from a band like My Bloody Valentine -- maybe the mix of the vocals is somewhat My Bloody Valentine-esque in the way that it's pushed down in the mix and the delivery tends to be a bit understated. I also don't hear searing guitar lines of Dinosaur Jr with J Mascis absolutely shredding. Most of the non-rhythm guitar lines tend to be restrained fills without the notes piling up quickly; the rhythm playing tends to be fairly Pavement-esque in its laid-back quality. The songs are up-tempo, but for the most part, restrained 3 to 4 minute pop songs.

All of the songs are well-constructed, catchy numbers. There are no weak tracks. There's nothing that I'd say really borders on a "hit" either aside from perhaps the opening song "Get Away" or "Operation," but all around the eponymous debut is a very promising first album. Fans of the 1990s "indie" break-through bands will likely enjoy the album.
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