Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, and Pavement are some of the bands name checked when describing Yuck’s sound, and indeed the London four piece are big fans of ’90s indie. But if you want to dig a bit deeper into what inspired their excellent debut, check out this exclusive playlist Mari, Max, and Daniel put together for our latest installment of Under The Influence…
MARIKO DOI’S PICKS
1. Yo La Tengo – “From a Motel 6″
The gliding guitars with the fuzz bass are so pleasant on my ears. It’s a very simple song but full of cool ideas.
2. Jesus Lizard – “Puss”
The drums and the guitars are so tight and it sounds like an explosion. It’s got such a cool guitar solo as well. It’s a split single with Nirvana.
3. Thurston Moore – “Queen Bee And Her Pals”
This is a first track of the album Psychic Hearts. I love the way the guitar, the bass and the vocals follows the same melody lines. I used to listed to this album religiously.
MAX BLOOM’S PICKS
4. Big Star – “The Ballad of El Goodo”
Big Star’s melodies have always been such a big influence on me. This is probably my favorite song of theirs, it is so moving and emotional … it shows how much you can do within the boundaries of a 3 minute pop song. Big Star have always been one of the most important bands for me, I think their songwriting is just completely timeless.
5. Teenage Fanclub – “Everything Flows”
This is from the album A Catholic Education. It isn’t my favorite album by Teenage Fanclub, but definitely my favorite song. Everything about this song is so simple and effective, the way the lead and rhythm guitars play together is so perfect. Their guitar sound and simple songwriting style has always been quite a big influence on me.
6. Built To Spill – “You Were Right”
This album has some of the most intelligent and melodic guitar riffs I’ve ever heard, this song is a good example of this. I also think what they’ve done lyrically in this song is very creative. See if you can spot the references! I couldn’t…
7. Wilco – “Ashes of American Flags”
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is definitely one of my favorite albums of all time. This song seems to stand out from the rest of the songs on this album. The production of this album is something that was quite inspiring for me, plus the songwriting is something I’ve never heard before. There’s something quite familiar, yet also something so unusual and unconventional about what they do. Even though Nels Cline didn’t join until after this album, he’s my favorite guitarist ever.
DANIEL BLUMBERG’S PICKS
8. Red House Painters – “Katy Song”
This is probably my favourite song of all time. The drummer of Video Nasties recommended RHP to me about half way into the writing of the songs that would become the Yuck album. I quickly became obsessed, their music is beyond beautiful. It definitely felt like something I’d been waiting for for a long time. I don’t feel like anything is held back in the creation of these songs, I think Kozelek pushes everything to a beautiful extreme.
9. Silver Jews – “Trains Across The Sea”
Silver Jews are my favourite band. I think they’re the band I can go back to over and over again without getting bored. I have a similar thing with Bill Callahan’s music too. There’s a real density to what they do yet it’s so brilliant on the simple surface too. Obviously Berman’s lyrics are amazing but I think his delivery and vocal melodies are also really beautiful and subtle. The other artists involved in the six albums are all very great too. William Tyler, Steve Malkmus, Tony Crow, Mark Nevers. This song is the first song I heard and was the first song on their first album.
BONUS TRACK (NO AUDIO AVAILABLE)
Video Nasties – “Hearts and Bones”
This is from their EP called Albatross. Video Nasties were very inspiring to me when we started Yuck. They recorded lots and lots of songs in their garage and had this rare infectious spirit. The year they released their album was the year Rip It Off (Times New Viking) and Airing Of Grievances (Titus Andronicus) came out. I listened to these three albums on repeat but Video Nasties were local so I could see them quite a lot. they have a big collection of really amazing songs and I think lots of people would like them.
Yuck is out now via Fat Possum.