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January 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM

London’s young Yuck lives its indie-rock dreams | Concert preview


Yuck, from left: Mariko Doi, Max Bloom, Jonny Rogoff. The English band plays Neumos Friday. Photo by Jon Bergman.

To the delight of nostalgic 1990s types, recent times have seen a proliferation of up-and-coming guitar-rockers actually born in the ‘90s.

Falling squarely into this category is Yuck, a British group that’s lived a charmed existence in its five years together. The foursome, which headlines Neumos Friday, just toured Europe with The Pixies, an experience bandleader Max Bloom calls “the height of my career, and my life.”


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September 30, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Cheers to Glenn Tilbrook, power-pop lifer | Concert preview

Glenn Tilbrook

Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook plays Seattle Wednesday. Photo by Oli Wilson.

“The first bit of advice any writer will give to an aspiring writer,” says English singer-songwriter-guitarist Glenn Tilbrook, who plays Seattle’s Tractor Tavern Wednesday, “is to write about what you know… and keep doing it.”

In their New Wave-era band Squeeze, Tilbrook and his writing partner, Chris Difford, embraced this philosophy.

Difford was the astute wordsmith, Tilbrook the honey-voiced tunesmith, and together they spun working-class vignettes — about life and love in the neighborhood pubs and basement apartments of their native South East London — into power-pop perfection.

From 1979 to 1981, Squeeze issued a top-tier trilogy of LPs — “Cool For Cats,” “Argybargy” and “East Side Story” — fully deserving of the John Lennon and Paul McCartney comparisons they elicited.


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September 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

A band on a mission, London’s Savages play Neumos Monday | Concert preview


U.K. post-punk four-piece Savages will perform live at Neumos in Seattle Monday, September 23. Photo by Robert Delahanty.

Savages has an axe to grind with the information age.

“THE WORLD USED TO BE SILENT,” begins the caps-lock manifesto printed on the jacket of “Silence Yourself,” the Londoners’ recent debut LP. “NOW IT HAS TOO MANY VOICES, AND THE NOISE IS A CONSTANT DISTRACTION.”

On “Silence,” the all-female foursome sounds anything but preoccupied, channeling its societal frustrations into 11 exhilarating post-punk bangers. Though it’s not difficult to imagine Savages sharing bills with Joy Division and Public Image Ltd circa 1978, the band instills its old-school sensibilities with flashes of modernity.


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