By Chris Moore:
This year, we’ll start with the notable debuts. Or, more appropriately, the notable debut (singular). I listen to a great deal of music every year, and even this only scratches the surface of a solitary droplet in the oceans of new material released, so I should preface this with the disclaimer that there may indeed be other, excellent debuts that I’ve missed. If there are any that you know about, I encourage you to leave that information in the comments section below, and I’ll check it out asap.
That being said, the award for best debut of 2011 goes to Yuck, a band that I picked up because I thought the album cover was kind of cool and quirky. At first, I was hesitant, as this is low-fi, distortion-heavy garage rock. However, tracks like “Suicide Policeman” gave me a shock and all but dared me to listen more carefully and not find substance. By the second listen, I was taken with Yuck’s raw but purposeful style, and it is without reservations that I pass them along to you here.
1) Yuck – Yuck