Yuck are back — with their third album and two hometown shows.
The London-based garage-pop band play Moth Club on 26 February 2016, the same day as they release ‘Stranger Things’. They return to the venue the following night. Tickets are available now.
Formed in 2009, the group quickly gained attention with early singles like 2010’s ‘Georgia’ and by the time they’d released their 2011 self-titled debut they’d already toured with big names like Tame Impala. Following a lineup change (founding guitarist Daniel Blumberg replaced by Edward Hayes) they debunked to New York City to record 2013’s ‘Glow & Behold’.
Now Hayes, singer/guitarist Max Bloom, bassist Mariko Doi, and drummer Jonathan Rogoff are back with ‘Stranger Things’, recorded in London over the course of several months.
“The band feels better now than it ever has,” says Bloom. “We recorded the drums in a rehearsal studio by our house, which we’ve rehearsed at for ages. Everything else was done at my parents’ house — in the same room we recorded the first record, which wasn’t an intentional thing. It’s just the only quiet space that we have access to in London,” he adds.
“I wanted no one else involved — just me and Ed and Mariko and Johnny. I just wanted to get on with it and make something that was truly us and not affected by any outside influences. We basically spent no money on the record and it was a really relaxed way of doing things. I really, really like it. I’m more proud of it than anything we’ve ever done.”
That includes the songs ‘Hold Me Closer’, released late last year, and new single ‘Hearts In Motion’ streaming online now.
“’Hearts In Motion’ is a song about how we deal with relationships,” explains Bloom. “We’re all just blasting through space on a huge rock, so what’s the point in maintaining a relationship? Is it all just doomed to failure, or is it the one thing that we should be holding on to the most in this world? Who knows!”
It’s one of the buzzing, high-octane tracks that powers the album.
“I remember the first couple of songs that started the record off, I basically wrote one morning when I was very high on coffee,” says Bloom. “I guess it set the tone for everything that came after that.”
But there are quieter moments too, like ‘Swirling’ and ‘I’m OK’.
“‘I’m OK’ is a very personal song because it’s just about the anxiety I’ve been feeling over the last couple of years. It’s very cathartic to write about in a song, but definitely not easy to speak about,” says Bloom. “It felt important with this record to deal with a bunch of that stuff, clear out the past, and make a fresh go of things.”