photos by Tamara Porras
...From the beginning it was flawless, for better and, as the night ploughed on, a bit worse.Yuck played their self-described biggest headlining show at a sold-out Bowery Ballroom on May 7th, flanked by support from Caveman and Family Portrait. The show took place less than two weeks after the band supported Tame Impala at the similarly sold-out Webster Hall.
Several Yuck songs are built around searing and time-tested melodic riffs, indie rock made indie again. The way that Mr. Blumberg and Max Bloom, the band's other guitarist, creep from one chord to the next, slowly and deliberately, is eerie, the ghost of 1992 hanging above them at all times.
But Mr. Blumberg is also a naturally flexible singer, able to pull off a range of styles: there's a nasal Oasis sneer on "The Wall," and a more sensible and polite take on Pavement on "Suicide Policeman." He's even capable of occasional sweetness, as when singing in tandem with the bassist Mariko Doi on "Georgia."
But while the band cycled through songs nimble ("Coconut Bible," "Holing Out") and lethargic ("Suck," "Shook Down"), it never appeared unkempt. There was rarely any more disruption than the sight of Mr. Blumberg gathering the mop of hair atop his head and pushing it away from his eyes. At the end of the encore the band -- which also includes the drummer Jonny Rogoff -- left its instruments onstage, with feedback blasting for a couple of minutes, but even that didn't feel sloppy.
Bowrey Ballroom was one of the last US shows that the band has for a while, as they'll tour Europe starting this weekend before eventually hopping the pond to play Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on July 17th.
More pictures of Yuck (though unfortunately none of the support bands), alongside all tour dates, below....
YUCK - 2011 TOUR DATES
May 14 The Great Escape Brighton, UNITED KINGDOM
May 15 Millennium Music Hall Cardiff, UNITED KINGDOM
May 16 Thekla Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM
May 18 Scala London, UNITED KINGDOM
May 19 Liverpool Sound City Liverpool, UK
May 20 Cockpit Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM
May 21 Stag and Dagger Festival Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM
May 22 Friends of Mine Festival Cheshire, UNITED KINGDOM
May 24 Rescue Rooms Nottingham, UNITED KINGDOM
May 26 Joiners Southampton, UNITED KINGDOM
May 28 Primavera Sound Festival (ATP stage) Barcelona, Barcelona, SPAIN
Jun 5 Southwest Festival Cork, IRELAND
Jun 19 Dia de la Musica Heineken @ Matadero Madrid, SPAIN
Jun 25 Glastonbury Festival Glastonbury, UNITED KINGDOM
Jun 30 Club NME @ Circolo degli Artisti Rome, Lazio, ITALY
Jul 1 Hana-Bi Summer Festival (FREE) Ravenna, Emilia-Rom, ITALY
Jul 7 Nouveau Casino Paris, France
Jul 15 Slottsfjell Festival Tønsberg, NORWAY
Jul 17 Pitchfork Festival Chicago, Illinois, US
7/18: Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI *
7/19: Varsity, Minneapolis, MN *
7/23: Biltmore, Vancouver, BC *
7/24: Doug Fir, Portland, OR *
7/26: The Independent, San Francisco, CA *
7/29: Casbah, San Diego, CA *
7/30: Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA *
8/12 Way Out West Festival Gothenberg, SE
* = w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra