YUCA is Canada's powerhouse alt rock group. It’s majestic rock n’ roll evokes the uplifting and otherworldly textures of Muse, Coldplay, and U2, but injects a propulsive drive that’s purely rock n’ roll. YUCA's band members are Matt Borck, lead Vocals and guitar, Andy Boldt, bass and backing vocals, and Dave Atkinson on drums. The band began in earnest 5 years ago when, as Borck says, he: “found the right combination of dreamers.” Along the way,they have performed multiple times for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics; had a song picked for Playstation3, Xbox360 Vancouver Olympics 2010 Video Game, and sazng at 375 live performances. Whew!.
YUCA has also built its profile performing with diverse artists like The Killers, AFI, Metric, De La Soul, The Trews, Lifehouse, Hot Hot Heat, Billy Talent, Theory of a Deadman, Default, Kim Mitchell and Econoline Crush. The trio has played Japan twice, most recently to headline Rocktoberfest for which they captured footage for an upcoming video release. In addition, the band has also performed multiple times on TV programs such as Urban Rush, Global TV, CTV and even as a musical guest for a pilot show.
The band’s latest album, Rebuilding The Fallen Empire (Rising Empire Records), is raw and refined, a mix of feral passion and transcendent textures. The constant theme permeating the album, from the lyrics to the warm, in-the-moment performance and production treatment, is celebrating just being human. To stay true to its commitment to humanness, the band self-produces and favors an organic first-take tracking aesthetic. “I wanted to be exposed and free. We strove for imperfection as perfection, going for first takes and picking emotion over anything else,” says Borck.
Contemplating the great position the band is in, and the work it took to get here, Borck says: “It’s like farming, it’s 24/7, but we’ve always had such great support from our friends, families, and fans. We always heard we could do whatever we wanted, and we want to give that back to the audience. We want our music to be the voice of encouragement and support for all to pursue their dreams.”
We agree and we will hear that voice this Friday on Music FridayLive! at 2:30 pm ET.