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I had the highest expectations for London-based band Yuck when they first came out. They had an amazing sound, style, and they were all very talented. Today I learned that 2 of the band’s members, including their old singer Daniel Blumberg, were part of the band Cajun Dance Party. What the heck, I had no idea. I LOVED their song Amylase back in college! HAHAHA.

ANYWAY. I don’t listen to Yuck as much as I did back when Daniel was still their singer. I even watched them live with Jim at Laneway Festival in Singapore. God, were they cool. I’m so happy we got to watch them before the original singer left.

Daniel Blumberg, former frontman for Yuck / Photo from Laneway Festival website

Daniel Blumberg, former frontman for Yuck / Photo from Laneway Festival website

I read his interview with The Guardian back in 2013 and man is this guy an over-thinker. On why he left Yuck:

“I was so sick of everything after Yuck. We made this record, and the other guys did interviews towards the end, but I felt like it was just sapping my soul away. When you’re just sitting in a van for the whole day and you speak to someone on the phone about an album you made eight months ago that you have no connection with, it feels ridiculous and horrible. It’s a privilege for someone to be interested in your music and to have this opportunity, but it became the opposite of that.”

On his old record label Fat Possum:

“They were saying ‘we need to get the second album out so we can sell this many records’, which is the opposite of what I want to hear. It’s not an environment I wanted to make music in. So I didn’t make music.”

When asked about his new project Hebronix:

“I don’t even know what project means. I just made a record. A project to me sounds like product, and in the past, the stuff that I’ve done, when it feels like a product I’ve changed the name. To make music purely to sell doesn’t make sense. I find it really destructive. I’m quite allergic to that scenario.”

Whatever keeps you writing, man. I bought their first record as Yuck and it’s stayed with me all these years. I love their songs. Get Away is a perfect summer song. Listen to it here.

Art by CJ De Silva-Ong

Art by CJ De Silva-Ong

Both Hebronix and Yuck haven’t released anything new since 2013 and 2014 respectively.

♥,
Saab

May 14, 2015

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4 Comments

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    Dasha Mones

    May 14, 2015

    He’s definitely my kind of musician. So passionate about making/writing music but not for the profit. ((:
    Anyway, I only heard these bands play today but oh boy, their music is good. Will most definitely start listening more to them.

    xx, cheers!

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      Saab

      May 14, 2015

      Cool! Enjoy!:)

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    Candy Z.

    May 14, 2015

    Hi Saab!

    I started listening to Yuck after I’ve read a blog entry of yours recommending them. From then on, I got really obsessed with their sounds. I find them really cool especially their frontman, Daniel. In fact, I also told my boyfriend about them and like me, he got totally hooked with it. We love Suicide Policeman and Shook Down. These songs have sentimental values for us. <3 But then, I've read that Daniel left the band and we're kind of sad about it because in our opinion, his singing style and voice are what we like in their songs. It's like the band lost their signature sound. But that's just our own opinion. We don't listen to the "new" Yuck anymore but we still listen to their old songs every now and then. :)

    I also listen to The Cults and Tennis because of you. It's so nice when I discover new sounds. Keep sharing good music and I love you! Yikes! <3

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      Saab

      May 14, 2015

      Aww I’m glad you discovered these bands thru my blog and that you and your boyfriend love them too!!

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