When: Wed., Oct. 5, 9 p.m. 2011
When the U.K.’s shoegaze-y youngsters Yuck last came through Nashville, they were opening for fellow youthful throwback rockers Smith Westerns at The End. For this go-round, however, Yuck gets top billing at the significantly larger Mercy Lounge, while their cohorts in Smith Westerns will be opening tonight’s Arctic Monkeys show at War Memorial. But between the two outfits, it’s Yuck whose brief existence is the most promising. Yuck’s 21-year-old frontman Daniel Blumberg gleefully name-drops artists like Silver Jews, Pavement, Jim O’Rourke and Will Oldham in interviews, and his outfit has an uncanny ability to channel the loud-quiet-loud, sometimes shimmering, sometimes sludgy aesthetics of ’80s and ’90s college- and indie-rock gods like Pixies, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. Songs from February’s Yuck — like the heavy, crawling drone of “Rubber” and the bobbing, sparkling noise pop of “The Wall” — are enough to make you wonder, seriously, how are these guys not contemporaries of, like, The Jesus and Mary Chain? Not only are they not contemporaries, the J&MC had released three records by the time these kids were even born. Damn, kiddies. Porcelain Raft opens.
D. Patrick Rodgers