Musical influence is cyclical and recurrent. During a time of wistful looks back at the rapidly retreating decade of '90s rock, it's just as prudent to look expectantly to the gangs of new talent ready to inherit a legacy.
Yuck's knockout self-titled debut, released in February, didn't pack quite enough punch for the young British players, so they've repackaged the album with six new songs for a "deluxe" edition due out Oct. 11. The bonus tracks are hardly filler, with each more than holding its own, and "Soothe Me" stands as one of the more interesting examples. Leader Daniel Blumberg explores the polarities of his vocal range, with a deeper drawl only heard on the original album in "Suicide Policeman" or "Sunday." Blumberg's tone is gravelly, casual and uncharacteristically listless, but he quickly alternates it with a plaintive high-register cry: "Soothe me / Don't use me / I'm not your oxygen." The contrast is affecting.
Thoughthe comparison isn't made often, R.E.M.'s recent dissolution makes Yuck seem all the more valuable. Filling the void with a distinct mix of volume, sensitivity and precocious naiveté, Yuck is there to remind listeners of a time when distorted guitars and unsullied sincerity were
Roman Holiday by Fanzine
After touring the UK with the likes of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Cults, and Yuck, fuzzed out rockers Fanzine are finally set to release their debut single. “Roman Holiday/ My Stupid Brain” will be released as a double A side 7” through Fat Possum on November 22nd. There will also be a CDR version of the single that’ll come with an illustrated fanzine, similar to their self-released debut "EP1". All in all this promises to be a very exciting limited run of 500.
UPCOMING LIVE DATES:
10-11 - White Heat, London
11-13 - HMV Institute, Birmingham*
11-14 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham*
11-15 - Academy 3, Manchester*
11-16 - Leadmill, Sheffield*
11-18 - Academy 2, Newcastle*
11-19 - Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh*
11-20 - King Tuts, Glasgow*
11-21 - 53Degrees, Preston*
11-22 - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth*
11-23 - Waterfront, Norwich*
11-24 - Electric Ballroom, London*
11-28 - XOYO, London^
* with Yuck
^ with Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Youth Lagoon - "The Year of Hibernation"
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To celebrate the upcoming release of The Valley Wind, the new album by Tyler Ramsey of Band of Horses, FILTER was honored to have Mr. Ramsey stop by their offices to play three new tunes. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee over the course of six days, Ramsey's third release also features bandmate Bill Reynolds at the production helm and bass as well as guitar and drum work by Floating Action's Seth Kauffman. Watch "1,000 Blackbirds" and "Angel Band" below and stay tuned for a third song next week. (via FILTER)
The Valley Wind is available for preorder now and is out next Tuesday, September 27, on Fat Possum.
Charles Caldwell died in September of 2003, just before we were able to release his record "Remember Me." We have now put this amazing and highly underrated album on vinyl for the first time. It not only sounds great, it's really good lookin' too. Just head to the Fat Possum store to purchase it now or wait and it will be in stores November 22.
"Hadn't I Been Good To You"