Like many, I was disappointed to learn that Daniel Blumberg would be leaving his position as Yuck‘s frontman earlier this month. (See announcement via Facebook) Given the monumental amount of buzz around the band’s 2011 debut LP, I’ve found the album has held up surprisingly well in the short term. Yuck was (and is?) a young band with a lot of promise, despite the inflated expectations.
As is often the case with break-ups, it didn’t take long to discover the departing member’s next move. This week, Blumberg debuted a new single from a project he’s calling Hebronix. Listen to “Unreal” and watch the video below. This is not the first solo venture for Blumberg. He released more than an album’s worth of material under the moniker Oupa shortly after the Yuck debut.
It will be interesting to see what the remaining members of Yuck decide to do with the project going forward. Bassist Mariko Doi showed she was a capable frontwoman in her own right with her side project Parakeet. But it’s tough to imagine a female vocalist fronting the material from the Yuck’s self-titled album. And it would certainly be a shame to let those songs fall by the wayside. In any case, the fist taste of Hebronix is an encouraging one. Here’s hoping two bands prove better than one.
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Written by Rob Peoni
Nothing like a pleasant surprise on a Thursday to provide the necessary motivation to close out an arduous work week. Today, 2011’s buzziest band Yuck surprised fans with their first single of 2012. “Chew” is saturated in the same heavy reverb and distortion that made Yuck’s 2011 debut one of the darling releases of the indie blogosphere. So far this year, the London band has remained content occupying their efforts in side projects (See links below), but it’s great to hear some sounds from the band as a unit.
Yuck will return stateside next week to take part in Indio, CA’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Yuck will help kick off the festival’s Friday lineup, with a performance on the Outdoor Theatre stage slated for 3:15 local time next Friday. Those unable to attend need not fret, Yuck’s set will be available for live streaming via Coachella’s Youtube page. Tune in around 6 EST to watch the broadcast.
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Written by Rob Peoni and Brett McGrath
Oupa is the side project of Yuck frontman Daniel Blumberg. We featured his cover of Smog’s “It’s Rough” in December. Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft directed a video for the song. Oupa has returned, this time with Tony Crow of Lambchop and Silver Jews fame. Today, Boiled Egg released the duo’s cover of Porcelain Raft’s “Backwords” from the recently released Strange Weekend. The cover is stark and minimalist in comparison to the original, trading an undercurrent of distortion and synths for a simple piano line. The results showcase the strength of Remiddi’s writing and reaffirm my belief that Oupa is a project worth paying attention to. Listen below:
Written by Rob Peoni