Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Artist Of The Day: Yuck

If you've happened to visit an online music outlet over the past 48 hours or so, it's a fair bet you'll have seen Yuck's name cropping up left right and center. If you've not, don't get too excited. It's not a new album announcement, although the small print did state that they're heading to the studio to devise a sophomore. No, the main headline is the untimely departure of frontman Daniel Blumberg; a setback which although not fatal has plunged the band's immediate and long term future into doubt, not to mention providing a major complication to the process which will eventually yield a new full-length. Now, let's not get our knickers in a twist, we're hardly talking about musical revolutionaries here. Even the Londoner's most fanatical followers would struggle to make a case against the offerings being exclusively revivalist, and the more reasonable ones might even have a hard time asserting they stand out from the plethora of other modern grunge copyists. The truth, however, is that they've never really tried to, and that's part of their charm. Far from selling millions of records or pushing music forward, their goal is merely to emulate their idols of the late '80s and early '90s, creating scuzzy, carefree music with which they and those of their generation can reminisce. From their languid live performances to their drummer's daft Afro, Yuck epitomise all that's good about refusing to take oneself too seriously, and that's why this considerable setback can only be cast in a negative light.


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