YUZU! – Radio Non-Sens

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label URL: Independent
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://yuzutheband.bandcamp.com/track/radio-non-sens
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/YUZUtheband/


Band Line-up:

Sarah Basso – Guitars, vocals
Victor Martin – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Suck it Up
2. Rott-Käppchen
3. French Fries
4. Radio Non-Sens
5. Erase Your Head
6. Witch Hunt
7. The Preacher

Review:

YUZU! is a grunge/punk band started in 2018, and on an independent record label. It features just two musicians – Sarah Basso on guitars and vocal duties, and Victor Martin on drums. The former is also the sole composer. The two soon entered the studio to record their debut EP ‘Radio Non-Sens’ and they’ve played with Shakin’ Street whilst on their French tour. They will also tour the same country and Italy, next Autumn.

The guitar tone and playing style in this album is very reminiscent of Kurt Cobain in songs such as ‘Aero Zeppelin’. Unsurprisingly, you can expect a rather dirty sound. The production on the whole is certainly not over-polished, in fact. The rawness does add to the aggression of the music, but the drums are lacking in power, a little. They are a little on the sloppy side too, but again, that adds to the sense of anarchy and excitement. In contrast, the singer’s delivery is very clean sounding. You could call that interesting, or you may prefer a style that is that is more traditional and adrenaline pumping.

The songs themselves aren’t bad, in that they have more to them than standard ‘verse-chorus’ ideas but the melodies aren’t exactly Nirvana level. They’re kind of average. If the band were going for a more typical purely raging style it wouldn’t be so bad, but as explained, they’re more deep than that. In fact, if my ears don’t deceive me, the guitar riffs appear to use the whole tone scale in their song ‘Radio Non-Sens’. It seems they’ve been influenced by Debussy! No, only joking. Well they might have been, I guess.

In conclusion, this stuff isn’t bad, but there are significant flaws. On the plus side, the singer being female is a quirk and if you want to relive early 90s grunge, you may well like this stuff. However, if your tastes are more modern and you like to hear music that is well and truly perfected, you may be disappointed. This is an average album.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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