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LIVE REVIEW: Yuck Rocks The Casbah

Brit rockers perform new tunes in Little Italy 7/29/11

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Yuck and fellow Fat Possum label mates Unknown Mortal Orchestra played to a packed crowd at The Casbah on Friday, July 29.  Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s rhythm section brought a sound full of funk and a reverb-heavy modern take on prog and performed with the house lights dimmed unusually lower than any band I’ve seen at the Casbah before.Yuck played an hour-long set that was mostly comprised of songs on their self-titled debut album.  For some bands the lack of material would be a hindrance, but Yuck shuffled the song order in such a way that kept the crowd interested and the energy level high. 

They opened their set with “Holing Out” and followed with three other pop songs in quick succession:  “The Wall”, “Shook Down”, and “Georgia.” If there were anything similar to ‘hits’ in indie rock, these songs would be Yuck’s. The band brought the energy down for a bit and played much slower songs such as “Suicide Policeman” and “Suck.”   It’s a testament to their excellent sound-guy that despite playing ballads in the middle of the set, the crowd didn’t lose interest.  The sound remained full and deep, and all the nuances of the songs really shined.  As on the album, they ended the set with the seven-minute slow-burner, “Rubber”, which reminded me more of heavy post-rock bands like Mono and Mogwai.  Everyone in the crowd was nodding along, seemingly happy to end the night on a very loud but mellow note.  

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  • Rating: 3 of 5