Posted in music on January 27, 2011

Yuck

After spending a day unsucessfully trying to get to America, UK band Yuck finally made it, though barely. Maybe they stopped at a hotel for a second, but I wouldn't be surprised if they actually just went straight from the airport, through the blizzard (their first-ever picture of NY), directly to Glasslands in Brooklyn where they arrived around 11pm much to the relief of anyone who recognized that afro walking through the packed crowd. My relief was mostly in that I didn't make the treacherous (but beautiful) trip out just for three local bands (no offense to Darlings & Total Slacker, and especially Fergus & Geronimo who all made it worth being there as well - I showed up early to catch the whole show).

By the time Yuck actually went on - around 12:30, I was tired and Yuck had to be too, but after a few shy Thank Yous (mostly to their label Fat Possum), Yuck dived into their 30 minute set which, a few technical issues aside, seemed mostly on point. Was it amazing enough to compete with the natural wonder that was going on outside - massive amounts of snow, lightning and thunder included? Not really, but, all things considered, it was a solid set of "warm and fuzzy indie rock" from the band who kicks off tour with The Smith Westerns on Friday. I'm looking forward to checking them out again under normal circumstances - maybe at SXSW or next time they return to NY.

Fergus & Geronimo play Cake Shop on Friday (to quote them, "weather permitting"). Three videos of Yuck from last night (thanks Adam), below...

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Yuck "The Wall" @ Glasslands 1/26/11

Yuck "Suicide Policeman" @ Glasslands 1/26/11

Yuck "Get Away" @ Glasslands 1/26/11

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Comments (23)

This show was way less underwhelming than the reviewer would lead you to believe. I thought it was a great show. Darlings are so good also.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 11:50 AM

I thought Yuck were great... kind of like '90s Indie Rock's Greatest Hits reworked into 30 minutes of new songs. They can take my skull for a ride anytime.

Glad you made it home, BV.

Posted by bill p | January 27, 2011 11:57 AM

welcome to america yuck! you're record is great

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 11:58 AM

yuck was great (but they are definitely a little overhyped).

the whole aura of the night (yuck missing the mercury lounge show the night before, being stuck in london, rush approving their visa through the american embassy, showing up @ 11 after they just landed, the crowd leaving amidst a ridiculous blizzard & over a foot of snow on the ground, etc) is what made the show special & fun for the people there.

but i will say this:

total slacker - what the hell was that set? borderline unbearable to listen to / watch. bought the tickets for yuck the day they went on sale and i almost walked out during total slacker's set...it was that grim.

*darlings, fergus & geronimo were both decent.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:11 PM

enjoyed what i saw of the yuck set...left during "rubber" to brave the journey home.

i was impressed with the band's degree of "professionalism"...was about ready to walk out if after their extensive soundcheck, they sucked ass, but was pleasantly surprised by their sound quality (esp. at glasslands) and tightness.

on another note, opener total slacker was a massive suffer. that guy should be ashamed...darlings were chill.

Posted by JR | January 27, 2011 12:15 PM

In regards to Total Slacker: Who still smashes their guitars? It all seemed very calculated. Their set had its moments, but it definitely dragged on way too long.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 1:08 PM

Love Darlings! How the hell does a band like Total Slackers keep getting booked? Can someone PLEASE ban them from the indie circuit? Awful awful awful. You KNOW that lead singer thinks he's the shit too. Shame....

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 1:35 PM

TOTAL SLACKER HAS ALWAYS SUCKED. WHERE HAVE YOU PEOPLE BEEN?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 1:36 PM

We came to hear YUCK and felt that the opening bands stole the show from them, nothing personal to YUCK they must have been tired from travel

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 2:26 PM

After making the journey thru that insane snowstorm, i can only say IT WAS NOT WORTH IT... FERGUS AND GERONIMO SUCK. and YUCK was completely overrated. Yuck sounds like every other shoegaze rip-off.

Posted by todd | January 27, 2011 2:35 PM

Darlings write some damn good songs

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 2:58 PM

It wasn't their "first picture of New York;" I'm pretty sure their drummer's from NJ.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 4:08 PM

I LOVE TOTAL SLACKERS

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 5:23 PM

Im as sick as the rest of you, when it comes to Beach bands and shoegaze nostalgia. Yuck and Total Slacker sounded amazing however. anyone who disses on those bands wasnt even there. Yuck smashed all the guitars and did an epic sonic youth ending!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 5:36 PM

YUCK suck's

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 5:39 PM

I wouldnt say Yuck sucks. Its good music for the masses,and easy to sell. Theres nothing wrong with that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 5:54 PM

Total Slacker singer is 24 and sings about living in his moms basement

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 6:00 PM

Wavves, YUCK, Airwaves, Beach Fossils, Total Slacker, Cassie Ramone and Best Coast are FAKE INDIE BANDS!

Wavves, YUCK, Airwaves, Beach Fossils, Total Slacker, Cassie Ramone and Best Coast are FAKE INDIE BANDS!

Wavves, YUCK, Airwaves, Beach Fossils, Total Slacker, Cassie Ramone and Best Coast are FAKE INDIE BANDS!

Wavves, YUCK, Airwaves, Beach Fossils, Total Slacker, Cassie Ramone and Best Coast are FAKE INDIE BANDS!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 6:06 PM

Cedar's, Sabra, Tribe, Athenos, Basha, Guiltless Gourmet, and Wild Garden are FAKE HUMMUS BRANDS!

Cedar's, Sabra, Tribe, Athenos, Basha, Guiltless Gourmet, and Wild Garden are FAKE HUMMUS BRANDS!

Cedar's, Sabra, Tribe, Athenos, Basha, Guiltless Gourmet, and Wild Garden are FAKE HUMMUS BRANDS!

Cedar's, Sabra, Tribe, Athenos, Basha, Guiltless Gourmet, and Wild Garden are FAKE HUMMUS BRANDS!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 6:34 PM

I don't get all the shoegaze comments. They have one song that's kinda shoegazey... the rest is all mostly straight up 90s sounding alt rock.

Anyways, they're not really grounbreaking or original or anything, but their songs are solid

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 7:04 PM

Total Slacker is ahead of their time . I think the gay boys who write in as " Anonymous " must have a big sexy crush on Total Slacker's frontman / guitar player . The way they come to every show to see him. COME OUT OF THE CLOSET ALREADY , ANONYMOUS !

Posted by mongo | January 27, 2011 10:09 PM

i like total slacker, but i didnt see this show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 11:17 AM

I'm laughing at the frowny baby in the picture and all of the people who take him and his band seriously.

Posted by facebook arabic | November 24, 2012 3:30 AM

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