In 2011, post-punk outfit Yuck produced one of the year’s finest albums with their assured and fully-realized self-titled debut. Combining elements of slow-burning shoegaze a la Yo La Tengo, soft-loud-soft compositions in the vein of the Pixies, delicate acoustic ballads, and scrawling guitar rockers, the album was a grab bag of vintage indie sounds. The future looked bright for the band.
However, with the announcement in 2013 that frontman and lead songwriter Daniel Blumberg would be leaving the group, Yuck seemed certain to be a one-and-done effort, a band that would tantalize listeners with its vast, untapped potential.
Surprisingly, that wasn’t the case. Guitarist Max Bloom, who wrote a couple of great songs on the debut album, rallied the remaining troops (including drummer Jonny Rogoff and bassist Marika Doi) and Yuck released a sophomore album, Glow and Behold, in 2013. While it didn’t quite reach the heights of its near-flawless predecessor, the album showcased Bloom as a formidable creative mind in his own right.
With momentum from the second album still intact, Yuck has announced the upcoming release of its third LP, Stranger Things, due out on February 26, and on Tuesday the group debuted an intense, solemn cover of Fugazi’s “Cashout.”
The band also issued details of their upcoming North American tour, which includes a stop at Great American Music Hall on March 26. Opening for the group will be Israeli rock trio Vaadat Charigim.
Yuck, Vaadat Charigim
Great American Music Hall
8 p.m. $17