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