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Sun-washed shoegazers YUCK have been holed up in the studio for the past few months, clearly trying to bridge a savoury gap following the departure of front-man Daniel Blumberg. The aptly titled single ‘Rebirth’ announced the arrival of the three-piece; but whilst it was good to have the band back, the track didn’t exactly carry the clear-cut pop melodies that we expected – don’t worry though, because there’s plenty of gems tucked away in new album ‘Glow & Behold’.

As most bands are taking a shine to these days, there’s an intro styled opener; yes ‘Sunrise In Maple Shade’ whimsically manages to set the scene with a slow sweeping guitar that you can’t help but enjoy. This also makes the arrival of Max Blooms vocals on ‘Out Of Time’ all the more exciting. Bloom’s style isn’t drastically different to the man who he replaced, but the song does hint that the band have undergone a slight style shift. Dropping effect soaked guitars of ‘Holling Out’ for a more innocent approach.

It soon however becomes clear that not much has changed at all, as ‘Lose My Breath’ and ‘Middle Sea’ immediately flaunt that trademark Yuck style of pedals galore and clashy drum fills. Each track presents something different from the last – with ‘Glow & Behold’ filling the slot of sloshy emotional closer. At times the album could be mistaken for a lost piece by Elliot Smith, marrying the acoustic notes with a heavier influence of The Pixies and Sonic Youth.

Bundling together shoegaze and grunge, the album is just the ticket Yuck need to reinstate their underground indie hero status and proves that their missing ingredient could even enhance the overall recipe.


17/9 – Macbeth, London
18/9 – Macbeth, London
19/9 – Macbeth, London


2/10 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
3/10 – New Slang, Kingston


12/11 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
13/11 – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
14/11 – Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow
15/11 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
17/11 – Bodega, Nottingham
19/11 – Exchange, Bristol
20/11 – Arts Centre, Norwich