The Music Hall of Williamsburg was packed on Friday night. Lines for the bar extended for far too long. Moving the crowd without spilling your drink became an Olympic event. But it was a spectacle that everyone in attendance was glad to participate in, because at the end of it all, Yuck was going to play.
Yuck has been a standout band for fans and critics alike so far this year. After one listen to their self-titled debut, the songs burrow into your head and refuse to come out. The riffs are sonic joy to the ears, recalling some favorites like Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth and the chance to see them live is a pure treat, one that everyone should jump at.
The band took the stage around 11:00PM, ripping through song after song. Singer Daniel Blumberg, possibly the love child of Robert Smith and Bob Dylan, hunched over the microphone like a scoliosis victim but delivered the lines and hooks that made the band's debut a success. The band sounded phenomenal with some of the most balanced mixing ever heard live (a rare boast); the guitars didn't overpower the vocals, the bass didn't overpower the guitar, and the kick drum resonated with that perfect thud you feel pop in your chest like fireworks.
Yuck treated fans to upbeat, head bopping, toe-tapping tracks like "Get Away," "The Wall," and "Georgia." They also played their slowed down, Band of Horses-ish slower tracks like "Suicide Policeman" and the new, and wonderful, "Soothe Me," set to be released with the band's deluxe reissue of their debut. Unfortunately, they did not play "Suck," possibly the best song in their catalog, much to the chagrin of many eager ears in the crowd. But that was only a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of the evening. Guitarists Blumberg and Max Bloom closed the show with a wall of feedback, both hitting their guitars and tinkering with the distortion pedals before leaving the stage, and leaving the fans wanting more.
The crowd filed out of the Music Hall on to North 6 Street in a sea of smiles. Complaints were few and far between, if heard at all. "Dude, how'd they not play 'Suck'?!" was heard a couple of times, for sure. But most conversations varied from post-show drink destinations to discussions of the set list, and pondering when the U.K. based band be coming stateside again (sadly, not until April). From the way things played out Friday night, those are going to be some highly coveted tickets, definitely worth fighting over.
Check out a video of Yuck at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg performing "Holing Out" and "The Wall" via SecretNoteShows.com