First sight: Yuck/Yu(c)k

You get two bands for the price of one (one noisy, one quiet) from these London youngsters

Who are they?

Yuck are Londoners Daniel Blumberg (vocals), Max Bloom (guitar), New Jersey's Jonny Rogoff (drums) and Hiroshima-born Mariko Doi (bass). Their Yu(c)k offshoot ditches the rhythm section, adding piano and Blumberg's 15-year-old sister, Ilana, on ethereal vocals.

Hmm. What's the difference between Yuck and Yu(c)k?

Yuck have made a splash on the live circuit with a guitar-driven mix of 90s shoegazing and grunge. Yu(c)k make beautiful, fragile music without guitars – like Bon Iver crossed with Galaxie 500.

We're confused. Why two bands?

After the collapse of the much-talked-about Cajun Dance Party – when they were 15 – Blumberg and Bloom sought to play noise rock. They hooked up with Rogoff after a chance encounter in a kibbutz and singing bassist Mariko in London. But after touring with ear-bashers Dinosaur Jr and Built to Spill, they sought quieter music.

We understand. So which is better? Yuck or, er, Yu(c)k?

Opinions vary, but we prefer the gentler, version – Yu(c)k's song Automatic is so weightless it's almost perfect, while Daughter remodels Glasvegas's Geraldine riff on piano to mesmerising effect.

Where can I hear them?

Music and info on both bands are at and

Dave Simpson

Dave Simpson

The GuardianTramp

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