KEXP at SXSW 2011, Day 1: Yuck

photos by Jim Bennett

Hot off the release of their self-titled debut LP, U.K. based Yuck played the KEXP stage at Mellow Johnny’s. The four-piece alt rock group have consistently been turning heads. Yuck, out now on Fat Possum, is an addicting rock album that defies pigeonholing.

Formed by Daniel Blumberg and Max Bloom, Yuck began recording a string of demos in Bloom’s bedroom before setting about finding their rhythm section. Bassist Mariko Doi was introduced to the pair by mutual friends in London, while Blumberg met drummer Jonny Rogoff in the Israeli desert. Early on, Yuck showed another, melancholic side to their sound with the piano-dominated Weakend EP, released on cassette-only label Mirror Universe Tapes under the name Yu(c)k. The project has since become a Blumberg solo effort, renamed Oupa. But his main focus is still the late-80s, early-90s lo-fi aesthetic of Yuck, a welcome development as critics have likened the band to Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth. Some songs they have a sound that picks up right where Dinosaur Jr.’s You’re Living All Over Me left off, and on others they can be comparable to My Bloody Valentine. Lead single “Rubber” sounds like the musical love child of Stephen Malkmus and Kevin Shields.

To a packed house at Mellow Johnny’s the young band showed just why they’re one of the most buzzed about bands at SXSW this year. Blumberg and Bloom shredded while Rogoff and Doi layed it down. Check out the photos from this ripping session here and look to our Live In-Studio Performances archive to stream it soon.

Photos by Jim Bennett:

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