Alternative indie rockers Yuck from London gave a spirited performance at Mississippi Studios on January 23. The band showcased an evenly split, alternating selection of tracks from last year’s sophomore effort Glow & Behold, and their self-titled debut .
Lead singer and guitarist Max Bloom kicked of the evening with the rousing, rocking Middle Sea, the album’s first released single. The potent opener ignited the rest of the band’s 13-song set. The only thing missing was drummer Jonny Rogoff’s tennis nemesis.
Yuck continued their energized set, played with spark that livened the softer melodic folk vibe of new tracks Lose My Breath and Out of Time. Band members Bloom, Rogoff, bassists Mariko Doi and guitarist Ed Hayes infused the set with smartly tempered fun.
Yuck slid into a couple new songs off Glow & Behold that blended a 60s pop vibe, most notably Rebirth, with its Tommy James meets The Association floating vocals and distorted psychedelic wha-wha swirling guitars. Love song Nothing New floated along with a dreamy pop sensation.
But Yuck also leaned on the grittier rock sound from their debut with Holing Out, Get Away, and The Wall, the later being sung by bassist Doi. The band also featured a brand new song, Another One, as Bloom announced to the full house and band, it was from a forth coming EP.
And no night club show is complete without the band inviting new friends to announce their nuptials. Singer Bloom invited friend Sean from Gold Beach, Oregon to hop on stage so he could officially propose to his fiancé, Christiana. How could she say no in front of a full house at a Yuck concert?
The crowd gave a rousing cheer of support and celebrated with the newly engaged couple as Yuck finished their regular set with an appropriate cover of New Order’s Age of Consent and a crunchy, driven rendition of Operation.
After a brief brake that band returned to encore cheers and completed the evening with a soothing version of Memorial Fields and the stirring finale featuring a duet between Bloom and Doi.
The evening was opened by two Portland bands, Tender Age with their Cure-esque electro-groove san synths, and one of the Willamette Week’s up and coming best new Portland bands, rockers The We Shared Milk who gave electric performance fueled by the powerful drumming of guest musician Papi Fimbres.
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