Yule – Aaaarrrgh!!! [Album Review by Darlene Brown]

On December 15, 2008, in review, by Dr Hitchcock

‘Aaaarrrgh!!!’ the debut album from Auckland based four piece Yule is eight songs, thirty minutes long, and sounds familiarly quirky. This may or may not have something to do with some of the band once being in One Million Dollars (Alex Urlich, Jono Goss and Bjorn), although I wouldn’t say this formation taps much from the soul/funk vein…Interpol, Regurgitator and Gomez, definitely.

It seems Yules’ influences are clear to hear, but whatever is used, is transformed into something unique and danceable. Songs on the album range from layered to minimal, with cute stand out track ‘Eat Your Greens’ simply featuring banjo and vocals. ‘attack! ATTACK!!!’ has Interpol sounding guitar and vocals, ‘A Mess’ reminds very much of Gomez, and ‘Migraine’ sounds like the Streets…kind of.

The band describes the album as “darkly fun”, which I think is rather apt in terms of song subject matter; and if you like any of the mentioned influences you will definitely appreciate this album. Have a listen: http://www.myspace.com/yulenz or http://www.amplifier.co.nz/release/41924/aaaarrrggh.html

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