Yuck are a four-piece indie rock band that originated the grand ol’ land of England. Specifically in the capital of London. Originally members of the more poppy indie group Cajun Dance Party, Max Bloom and Daniel Blumberg went on to form Yuck as Cajun gradually ran its course. For the self-titled album, the first and the one “Get Away” opens, the group utilised their guitars to create a wall of sonic fuzz and feedback, burying the vocals right into the mix and letting the melodies and noise do all the talking. The soundscape gives off a very 90s lo-fi, shoegaze feel reminiscent of bands such as Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, and My Bloody Valentine.
The soundscape is also established from the very moment the album starts. With a strike of the snare, “Get Away” steadily moves with a gnarling guitar riff that swirls in and out of itself and is eventually joined by the higher lead guitar riff provided by Bloom. I think the lyrics are from a perspective of a person trying to write a song with a guitar at the ready, but just can’t seem to get the right ideas going. All this bother prevents this person from going outside into the “summer sun” but the inability to “get this feeling out [their] mind” prevents them from doing so. I adore that chorus. If the “I can’t get away” phrase isn’t a chorus in itself, then the “summer sun” part definitely matches the typical chorus description. Just brings a feeling of euphoria when that change comes in.
I’m glad I started listening to Yuck. Had I known that two of its members were from Cajun Dance Party earlier than last year, I feel I would have appreciated their music a lot more. But at least I know now.