Photos: A night of fuzz rock and dream pop at Johnny Brenda’s with Yuck, Alvvays and Hurry

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Yuck | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Yuck | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

UK retro-rockers Yuck kicked off their winter tour at a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday night with a fuzzy set of songs from their 2013 outing Glow and Behold as well as their 2011 self-titled debut. While founding member Daniel Blumberg left the group during the making of Glow, new guitarist Ed Hayes meshed well into the four-piece, bouncing around the stage with high energy as the crowd bopped around delightfully to their Sonic Youth via Dinosaur Jr. tones.

The opening acts mixed well into the set; excellent Toronto five-piece Alvvays nearly with a set offering a shoegaze / dreampop flipside to Yuck’s propulsive fuzz-rock approach. Splitting the difference in the first opening slot was Philly’s Hurry, whose short set mixed both dreamy melodies and punk energy – plus a snappy cover of Guided by Voices’ “Teenage FBI.”

(See more – Check out photos from Yuck’s World Cafe Session)
(Hear more – Stream a new single from Hurry called “Oh Whitney”)

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