Tuesday 4 February 2014

Yuck - Athena

Single review by soul1@thesoundofconfusion.com

Losing the main songwriter of your band: it can be a blessing or a curse. Peter Green hasn't got a look in with the much hyped Fleetwood Mac reunion, but then they became a totally different band stylistically after he left (it should be pointed out that their only UK number one single was during his tenure though). Pink Floyd also evolved away from the psych experiments and idiosyncratic pop after they discarded Syd Barrett, although he remains a huge influence on the music world. When Daniel Blumberg left Yuck it was by no means certain that they'd continue, let alone record a very good second album with some very good songs on (even featuring in our tracks of the year).

The post-Blumberg recordings dealt with a dreamier, shoegaze-oriented sound, something they'd always had, but was often lost in the haze of the grungy overtones. With the announcement of a new EP, 'Southern Skies', to be released this spring, and the unveiling of its first track 'Athena', Yuck are slowly proving that the songs are just as strong, if not more so, and that their new sound is better than what went before. This may be a natural progression, but it tells us that the music is still flowing freely, and no time is being wasted in getting it out there. 'Athena' is another fuzzy wonder, drifting along in the ether before being briefly punctuated by a guitar solo. The big news in the shoegaze world is that Slowdive have reformed. The news here is that they've got some stern competition from one of the leaders of the current pack.

Yuck's website

Catch them live:

WED 05 FEB Red 7, Austin, TX, US
THU 06 FEB Rudyard's, Houston, TX, US
FRI 07 FEB Trees, Dallas, TX, US
SAT 08 FEB The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO, US
MON 10 FEB The Earl, East Atlanta, GA, US
TUE 11 FEB The Mothlight, Asheville, NC, US
WED 12 FEB Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC, US
THU 13 FEB Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC, US
SAT 15 FEB The Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, US
THU 20 FEB Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France
FRI 21 FEB FIREWORKS ! FESTIVAL 2014, Paris, France
SAT 22 FEB La Rodia, Besançon, France
SUN 23 FEB Le Sucre, Lyon, France
TUE 25 FEB Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
WED 26 FEB Paradiso Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
THU 27 FEB Ekko, Utrecht, Netherlands
FRI 28 FEB Merleyn, Nijmegen, Netherlands
SAT 01 MAR Yuck, Groningen, Netherlands
TUE 11 MAR Independance Club, Madrid, Spain
WED 12 MAR Sala López, Zaragoza, Spain
THU 13 MAR Music Hall, Barcelona, Spain
FRI 14 MAR Wah Wah, Valencia, Spain
TUE 18 MAR Imperial, Berlin, Germany
WED 19 MAR Blue Shell, Cologne, Germany
THU 20 MAR Hamburg, Germany
SAT 22 MAR, Salon İKSV, Istanbul, Turkey

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