PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 March, 2011, 12:00am

Fat Possum

In case you hadn't noticed, the 90s are back. After oldsters Blur and Suede did the reformation thing, a host of newbies - mostly based in Brooklyn - are reviving the decade's sounds with an updated sheen.

In Britain, two groups are blazing the trail: loutish Londoners Brother have opted to roll with an updated version of Britpop's geezer rock, while Yuck have chosen to channel the decade's American aesthetic. Unsurprisingly, Yuck are the best of the batch.

With a dash of Pavement, a pinch of Dinosaur Jr and a liberal drizzle of grunge, the Anglo-American-Japanese four-piece has cooked up a heady brew of fuzzy guitars, angsty lyrical themes and slow-fast-slow stormers on this eponymously tiled debut album.

Yuck is a slick slacker package of indie rock. Yuck wear their influences on their tartan sleeves. Opener Get Away borrows Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago's riffs and welds them to J Mascis' early Dinosaur throw-offs.

With a sound built around the barely-making-an-effort guitar and vocals of frontman Daniel Blumberg, Yuck are, however, not simply musical cuckoos. They have their own summery sonic stamp - a brutal, pounding rhythm, choppy riffs and Blumberg's swampy vocals.