Flashback Friday: Ghost of Music’s Past – Sonic Youth and Yuck

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In the history of music, there have been only a handful of rock bands whose sound has remained timeless. When one band received moderate success, a million other copycats sprung up, looking to cash in on the music of the moment.

Then, there are those bands whose sound is so unique and inimitable, that no one can properly live up to it.

One of those bands is Sonic Youth.

Formed in 1981, SY was one of the first groups to seamlessly blend noise rock with experimental punk. The band has a rich history of blending avant-garde inspiration with the early rumblings of garage rock.

The original lineup consisted of Thurston Moore on lead vocals and guitar, Kim Gordon on bass, Lee Ranaldo on lead guitar, Richard Edson on drums, and Anne DeMarinis on keyoard. The lineup has seen a few changes over the years, but Moore, Gordon, and Ranaldo have remained at the core of Sonic Youth.

Since the inception of the group, SY have released 16 albums.  And though they have released a ton of material, they’ve developed signature sounds that set them apart from every other alternative rock band. Moore and Ranaldo were tuning freaks, always changing the harmonies and pushing the amplifications of their instruments, to achieve different sounds, from heavy distortion to standard riff sounds. And all of this was done in the name of pushing the boundaries of rock music. Think of Sonic Youth as what would have inevitably happened to the Velvet Underground if they continued into the early 90s.

Though countless bands today are indebted to SY’s amazing guitar techniques and contributions to alternative rock, there’s a new indie band that’s starting to earn itself the label of the next great heirs to the sonic throne.

Yuck, a four-piece band from London consisting of Daniel Blumberg on guitar and vocals, Mariko Doi on bass, Jonny Rogoff on drums, and Max Bloom on lead guitar. The band just released their eponymous debut album last February, so it’s easy to get caught up with their discography. Besides, they’re obviously vying for the title, considering they’ve got the same setup as SY: a girl on bass, a gangly lead singer, and a mess of pedals and amplifiers at their live shows.

Listen to Yuck — “Get Away” below:


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Yohana Desta
Yohana Desta
Yohana Desta is currently obsessed with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, everything Dave Grohl does, and listening to Arctic Monkeys on repeat.




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