UK-based indie rockers Yuck, who had one of the most acclaimed debut albums of 2011, confirmed Monday that they will soon begin work on a second album without the services of frontman Daniel Blumberg.
In a Facebook post, the band put the best face on the changes, saying:
We’re getting ready to go to New York this week to record our 2nd album! Unfortunately, Daniel won't be joining us as he's decided to focus on other things. However, new music, new tour dates, and bigger afros will be coming very soon. So get ready. GET. READY.
Yuck’s publicist tells Fuse there are “no hard feelings” between the band and Blumberg, and that the door remains open for an eventual rapprochement. But for many, the gangly, mop-haired charismatic singer was effectively the voice and face of Yuck, and responses on Facebook were mixed.
While some expressed support for the remaining trio -- guitarist Max Bloom, bassist Mariko Doi and afro-ed drummer Jonny Rogoff -- and a belief that they could succeed, others said Yuck without Blumberg just wasn’t Yuck.
Bloom, who co-wrote the band’s self-titled debut with Blumberg, a record that drew frequent comparisons to '90s alt icons Dinosaur Jr., will spearhead the compositions on the band's new album. Yuck will record with Brooklyn-based A-list producer Chris Coady, who boasts Grizzly Bear, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Smith Westerns in his discography.
As for other projects on the way from Blumberg, he reportedly has completed an album with Royal Trux’s Neil Hagerty, he'll be dabbling in more visual art -- he’s released several books -- and possibly do another record under his solo alias, Oupa.
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