Though Yuck has been a band for less than a decade, the London-based garage-pop outfit has already managed to cram what feels like a lifetime of Behind The Music-worthy experiences into their backstory. Formed in 2009, when most of the band members were still in high school, the group quickly garnered attention for their early singles (2010’s ‘Georgia’ being a standout) and in 2011—after having already toured with the likes of Tame Impala, they released a self-titled debut album to critical and commercial acclaim.
The path that Yuck has taken has seemingly all been leading up to the band’s excellent third album, Stranger Things, a record brimming with manic energy and pop hooks for days. Released online last summer, the record’s first song ‘Hold me Closer’ is a visceral primer for what the rest of the record has in store. Tracks like ‘Cannonball’ come ripping out of the gate with the appropriately buzzed-out guitar sound that made previous Yuck tracks like ‘The Wall’ such epic jams, while ‘Yr Face’ could be a long-lost lover to an old Dinosaur Jr or Built to Spill record.
Stranger Things is a remarkably gentle record as well, with tunes like “Swirling”, “Like a Moth”, and “I’m OK” addressing the fears and uncertainties that followed the band for the last few tumultuous years. ‘I’m Ok’ is a very personal song because it’s just about the anxiety I’ve been feeling over the last couple of years. It’s very cathartic to write about in a song, but definitely not easy to speak about,” says Bloom. “It felt important with this record to deal with a bunch of that stuff, clear out the past, and make a fresh go of things.”
Having made exactly the record they want to make, the band—who have now sold well over 50,000 albums worldwide—are looking forward to getting back on the road and playing the songs that made them so happy to create.
“We’ll just see where it goes, really,” says Bloom, “It’s difficult to have any expectations because I’m quite a negative person (laughs) so I try not to. But this record is all us–it is everything that we owned and everything that we had. It was just a record that was made completely on our terms. I guess that’s why I’m comfortable with the idea of people liking it or even not liking it. If people don’t like it, then it means they just don’t like the band and I can’t force people to like the band. All we can do is make songs that we love…and we’ve done that.”
YUCK PLAY THE RAINBOW COURTYARD TUESDAY 17TH MAY 2016, WITH SUPPORT FROM SODA FABRIC & THE LIZARDS. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.
Watch a live performance of ‘Hearts in Motion’ below: