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Yuck and Alvvays @ Johnny Brenda’s.

January 15, 2014

Yuck03Text and images by G.W. Miller III.

Yuck kicked off their one-month North American tour last night with a jam-packed show at Johnny Brenda’s.

“Do you like our banner?” asked guitarist/singer Max Bloom, referring to the giant album cover art that hung behind the band. “I spent five hours last night ironing it.”

UK-based Yuck was formed in 2009 by Bloom and Daniel Blumberg, who had both previously been part of London buzz band Cajun Dance Party. They added a female bassist from Japan, Mariko Doi, and drummer Jonny Rogoff, a New Jersey native with a Questlove-type afro.

Blumberg left the band last spring but even without him, the band sounded fantastic. They played tracks off both of their albums, including “Out of Time” and “Get Away,” plus a cover of New Order’s “Age of Consent” and a brand new song.

“We’ve never actually played this,” Bloom told the crowd before playing the new song. “This could go horribly wrong.”

The constantly-touring band, now joined by guitarist Ed Hayes, will perform around Europe after this tour across America and through Canada.

They were joined last night by Canadian band Alvvays, who meandered between upbeat, jangly pop tunes and dreamy indie rock.

“The drinks are strong here,” lead singer Molly Rankin said between tracks.

They were great fun, as you’d expect from a band that featured a picture of crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford on their drum kit.

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