It was a busy Wednesday night. We had some solid locals kicking off bills that featured some far travelling acts we have loved and some we wanted to see if they were the real deal. We straddled our two most frequents haunts, The Mohawk and Red7, despite the bone drying cold. I met Nate downtown, brought one camera, one lens. Instead of a normal show review, I am going to do the share few thoughts and plenty of pics thing.
Weekends in Austin always make it hard to pick a good show, but this Wednesday you’ve got a lot of really incredible options to choose from. I don’t even know which of these shows I’ll attend, but I’ll definitely be at one, if not two! If you’re the type of person that likes to take your Hump Day with a little dose of rock n’ roll, pick one of these sweet concerts to check out. Click on the prices for ticket links.
Here’s some tunes from Yuck and Mozes and the Firstborn.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Georgia-wavv-1.mp3]
It’s been an interesting year for Yuck, as they’ve lost a member, released an album, and now they’re back readying a new EP. My first few listens to this track see the group continuing to grow in an entirely different direction than where they were a few years back. That being said, I really dig the track; I like the way the guitars work in this circular pattern. I’m amazed at what happens when you swap out one member; it completely changes the direction and sound, although I think this version of the band is definitely growing on me. The new EP is titled Southern Skies and should be 0ut at some point later this Spring. Here’s a listen to the first single.
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Sad times are upon us my friends. Emos has begun to close its doors; it even made big waves with the people over at Pitchfork. As we near the closing of the original Emos, we culled our favorite memories of the venue, and we hope you’ll share your favorites with us as well.
If you’re looking for more Mascis-infused fury from one of the members of Yuck, then you can probably skip this, as it’s nothing like that. Instead, think more along the lines of an Atlas Sound bedroom session. Oupa is the project of Yuck‘s Daniel, and he’s going to have release his debut Forget LP some time in June of this year. You can tell by this single that there’s definitely something to draw you in, whether you like the rising vocal in the chorus, or the darkened tones of the piano as it plays out through the song. And, if you’re in Austin for SXSW, you’ll be able to catch Daniel doing his thing at the Gorilla vs Bear Party on March 17.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/03-Forget1.mp3]
Download: Oupa (Daniel of Yuck) – Forget [MP3]
Listening to Yuck time and time again makes it one of the easiest albums to review. The band hs influences all across the alternative rock spectrum, and while the majority of those are from bands of yesteryear, their spin provides some refreshing energy into a sound we’re all familiar with at this point.
Everyone should immediately recognize that there is one drawback, and only one to the first album from Yuck: it’s got really obvious influences. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, as the band never go too far into mimicking their heroes, usually using various methods to further their own sonic pallate, which should be acceptable considering the band’s young age. Put that thought aside though from the get go because despite a perceived lack in originality, you’ll find everything you need in a great record: melodies, guitar hooks, edginess and anthem-like lyrics.
“Get Away” begins this self-titled affair with a bit of distorted guitar a la Dinosaur Jr., with a hint of Kim Deal playing bass beneath it. It’s a reminder of innocence that we often associate with early purveyors of indie rock, doing what they can just to show off their musicianship and guarantee us a good time. It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed listening to this sort of chugging, jagged guitar riffage.
Three tracks into Yuck and the band offers up a different spin with their tribute to the past. This time around, they bring in the melodic moments of Teenage Fanclub, and they’re successful in precisely the same way the TF is; they bring a warm breeze into the guitar playing, which is odd considering the rain and fog associated with Great Britain. But, the band also uses a nice little jaunt into a guitar solo to take the song to a different level, giving it more power than your normal tribute-style track. You’ll find a similar stylistic presence on “Sunday,” as well, which is one of my faves here.
There are some different spins on this record though, one’s that show Yuck finding their own ground. “Sucidie Policeman” comes off as a nice little ditty, but having a female foil to challenge the male vocals gives this song more depth overall. It doesn’t read as just a stopping point in mid-album, rather it’s a place for the band to hang their own hat as they continue to flesh out their very own distinctive sound in the near future. That also comes into play with the album’s original single, “Georgia.” Perhaps it does fall into an more distorted version of C86 bands, but the important thing is that combining male/female vocals demonstrates the band’s willingness to mess with their own formula…and with tracks like all the ones on here, Yuck are sure to come across a horizon filled with gems for our ears.
The bottom line of it all is that Yuck is a band you should really pay close attention to for the time being. Sure, songs like “Operation” definitely have a nod to Pavement, but who really cares? I mean, are you going to tell me if you heard a record full of solid new tracks from your favorite nostalgic act that you’d be upset? The bottom line is that despite all its nods to the past, Yuck is a record full of amazing songs that never bore you, that never seem dated. It’s just a sign of great things to come, as there doesn’t seem to be many ways this band can go wrong.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Georgia-wavv-1.mp3]
Download: Yuck – Georgia [MP3]
Emo’s was packed with bloggers, photogs and Austin Indie dignitaries on Monday night for what many believe to be two of the biggest buzz bands coming to town in a month and a half for SxSW. Read on to learn more and get a preview of two bands that every day party planner would be thrilled to have in their 4pm slot…
|Date||Monday, Feb 7th|
|Tickets||$12 @ the Door|
This is possibly the hottest ticket we’ll see in town until SXSW ladies and gentlemen. Smith Westerns have just released their latest album, Dye It Blonde, to great fanfare, including this very site. They’re young and they’re sure to bring energy to their glam meets indie rock sensibility. Then you include Yuck, a band that’s going to have an absolutely huge year one their album hits the States. It’s one of the main reasons I’m so excited to hear guitars all over the world this year, and am scaling back on the dance beats. So, you have two amazing young bands, but you also get Nic Armstrong, a Brit who resides in Austin, who’s been doing this for quite some time, so we know the guy can hold his own. Pretty sure you need to be here folks. You won’t want to miss this for the world.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Georgia-wavv-1.mp3]
Download: Yuck – Georgia [MP3]
While I might not be 100% behind the name of this group, I definitely can get behind their sound. Yuck hails from the UK, and they’ve just signed an American deal with Fat Possum, which seems to be picking up lots of solid groups. You might say they have a little bit of POBPAH in their sound, but the female vocals are a lot stronger, giving a youthful vibe to the group’s sound, while still keeping it in that gaze arena. The band has the Georgia single coming out in the Stages on November 23rd, and you can look to find a whole full-length in 2011. Buen Proveche.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Georgia-wavv-1.mp3]
Download: Yuck – Georgia [MP3]