Yuck is one of those hidden gems from the UK because of it’s unique sound combination of rock and pop, along with subtle surfer and punk vibes. The band, manned by Max Bloom of Cajun Dance Party, Mariko Doi, Jonny Rogoff and Ed Hayes, has been compared to the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr. Among their various singles, the band has only released two studio albums, Yuck (2011) and Glow and Behold (2013). Their debut, self-titled album put them on the map with tracks like “Shook Down” and “Get Away,” which found popularity in the States. Their most recent short album, Southern Skies (2014), features 4 tracks, all very ethereal, very pop-rock, very Yuck. Now, their website allows you to listen to their newest single “Hold Me Closer.” The single opens with a rhythmic guitar riff and follows high pitched guitar scales that give it a classic rock sound. At about 3:10, the track slows to a more romantic melody.
Nikki grew up in an imitation German town in Georgia by the name of Helen. It wasn’t until middle school that she started to get interested in the arts: painting, music, and writing. She wrote in her diary, sketched in art class and listened to regretful music. By high school, her tastes became a little more refined. She found Fiona Apple, Lou Reed and Giant Drag, and they remain her favorites in college. She was accepted to the University of Georgia in 2012 and is currently majoring in English. Upon moving to Athens from a town with more trees than people, Nikki was a bit overwhelmed. However, there is certainly no lack of inspiration in Athens, and she appreciates its love for the arts and its service as a platform.