The cool thing about being passionate about music, is that you inevitably start hanging out with other people who are really passionate about it too. I’ve never had the chance to check out Yuck, but after some strong recommendations from my housemate, I reckoned it was worth checking them out in Bristol’s Exchange.
Polterghost were first on, and they opened with a big Pearl Jam-esque riff. They had a pretty crazy sound – a combination of American indie and big rock riffs. The drums are stripped back, leaving some gaps and some space for the music to breathe, and the fuzz on the guitar gives an occasional stoner-rock vibe, which is quite a contrast to the vulnerable vocals. All in all a truly original band.
Yuck were very cool – a balance between grunge and indie that seems tailor-made for my music tastes, so in a lot of ways it’s a shame it’s taken me this long to check them out! I’d been told their old guitarist and singer Daniel Blumberg had left the band, but with every band member contributing vocals they definitely didn’t lack a full vocal sound. Ed Hayes smashed the strings on the guitar and was bloody entertaining to watch, yet somehow miraculously didn’t break a string. Despite their scuzzy sound they were surprisingly tight, with their bigger hits like Get Away completely nailed. Basically if you’re into big sounding grunge bands you should definitely check them out, especially live.