London indie rockers Yuck released their second album, Glow & Behold, on October 1st.
After the release of Yuck's 2011 self-titled debut album, frontman Daniel Blumberg left the band to pursue a solo career, which left the future of Yuck briefly in jeopardy. The three remaining members decided to soldier on, with lead guitarist Max Bloom taking on vocal duties, and newcomer Ed Hayes helping out on rhythm guitar. The loss of a frontman usually spells trouble for a young band, but Glow & Behold might even be better than Yuck's debut.
Whereas the first album saw Yuck playing out some sort of Dinosaur Jr. fantasy, replete with big riffs and sugary pop hooks, Glow & Behold mines its sound from the gloomier corners of '90s indie rock. Shoegaze is still a huge influence, but Bloom holds off on some of the pedal mashing that made Yuck a bit jumbled, opting for a consistent guitar tone that recalls Isaac Brock's early work with Modest Mouse. We're sorry that the members of Yuck sound so bummed, but they certainly wear that emotion better than the jittery exuberance that defined their debut.
Watch the video for single "Middle Sea" below, and check out Yuck's cover of "Age of Consent" by New Order, another band that flourished after losing their frontman, here.