THE DEPARTURE of a band’s co-founder/lead singer could be a devastating blow, but London Indie-rockers Yuck survived, regrouped, and delivered a second album.
Formed in London by Max Bloom (guitar/vocals) and Daniel Blumberg (guitar/vocals), along with Jonny Rogoff (drums) and Mariko Doi (bass), the band released their eponymous debut album in 2011, which Pitchfork described as “inexhaustibly replayable”.
Yuck wore their nineties influences on their sleeve - Yo La Tengo, Superchunk, Built to Spill and Dinosaur Jr - but the album enjoyed positive reviews and Yuck seemed on their way. Then came Blumberg’s departure.
Yuck were down but not out. Bloom was promoted to frontman, a new guitarist in Ed Hayes was recruited and the band set to work on what would become Glow & Behold, which came out last September. The Independent said it “follows on nicely from the fuzzy guitar and lo-fi sound of their debut”.
“I’d already written a lot of material and I really believed in the music,” Bloom told The Independent. “I didn’t want the band just to end and to throw it all away. I thought that would be a real shame.”
In another interview he added: “I felt the songs were really good. I really wanted people to hear them. I felt so strongly about them, there was no way the band was going to collapse.”
So what does not kill you makes you stronger. Yuck have a point to prove as they will show when their tour reaches Strange Brew at the Róisín Dubh on Thursday May 1 at 8pm. Support is from Windings and Land Lovers.
Tickets are available at www.roisindubh.net, the Ticket Desk at OMG Zhivago, Shop Street, and The Róisín Dubh.