What's in a name? Well in this case, it's definitely not an implication of the packaged product. The band Yuck's debut self-titled album is anything but yucky, so don't be mislead.
This album is quite the mood shifter, though. One minute you're mellowing out with sounds not unlike The Shins
("Suicide Policeman"), and the next minute you're cranking up the volume and singing aloud to "Holing Out" whilst being transported down the beautiful trenches of teenage wasteland. I'll just come out and say it: I really like Yuck. Any band that can take you from a warm happy daydream to feeling like punching someone in the face within the same album is alright in my book.
Not every album needs to be completely cohesive in order to deliver, and Yuck proves that. I like that they keep you on your toes wondering what's coming next without feeling like you're jumping on board a whole new ship. I remained pleasantly in tune with each song as I listened on. I like the musical variety that Yuck has managed to provide; it makes for a more interesting listen each time too. Simply put, this is just a fun, easy album to fall in love with.
I have a feeling this band is a good one to catch live. If you're interested in tour dates, they get back to the US in the middle of next month just in time for SXSW. For US tour info after they land in Austin jump on their blog. Get yucky with it.