Yuck Stranger Things on LP
Cliché or not, the path that London-based garage-pop outfit Yuck has taken has seemingly all been leading up to the band's excellent third album, Stranger Things. Getting back to the elemental, rough-around-the-edges indie rock that made their early singles so deeply beloved, the new record is brimming with manic energy and pop hooks for days.
The record's first song "Hold me Closer" is a visceral primer for what the rest of the record has in store. Further tracks like "Cannonball" come ripping out of the gate with the appropriately buzzed-out guitar sound that made previous Yuck tracks like "The Wall" such epic jams, while "Yr Face" could be a long-lost lover to an old Dinosaur Jr or Built to Spill record. Stranger Things is a remarkably gentle record as well, with tunes like "Swirling", "Like a Moth", and "I'm OK" addressing the fears and uncertainties that followed the band for the last few tumultuous years.
Recorded in London over the course of several months at the band's own pace, Stranger Things reflects the refreshingly un-fraught state of affairs within the group. Stranger Things is the sound of a band firing on all cylinders, finally comfortable in their own skin and in control of their own vision. Having overcome the weird expectations that come with being a buzzed about new band and all the attenuating complications and growing pains that come with it. Having made exactly the record they want to make, the band – who have now sold well over 50,000 albums worldwide – are looking forward to getting back on the road and playing the songs that made them so happy to create.