I love talking with Matt Borck of YUCA one of Canad'as top alt. rock bands. And this time he is not only bringing us some new music, but a new music distibution system created to make sure as many people as possible get a chance to listen to the band. The Langley, Canada-based trio that specializes in gorgeously anthemic and atmospheric pop-rock. Six years, a tireless work ethic that’s seen them do over 375 shows nationally and internationally, and countless awards and accolades, have prepped them to step out notg only with new songs, but with their take on the music system.
And no wonder. YUCA’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 is Matt Borck lead Vocals and guitar, Andy Boldt bass and backing vocals, and Dave Atkinson Drums. The band began in earnest 5 years ago when, as Borck says, he: “found the right combination of dreamers.” Along the way, career highlights have included distinguished awards by leading Canadian stations 99.3FM and 100.5FM; performing multiple times for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics; and having a song picked for Playstation3, Xbox360 Vancouver Olympics 2010 Video Game.
YUCA has also built a robust national and international profile based on its mesmerizing and goose-bump inducing live show experience. Onstage the band epically stretches skyward, elongating songs and hypnotizing audiences with its bursting-at-the-seams emotionality. The band’s broad appeal has made it compatible performing with diverse artists. YUCA has shared the stage with 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 also 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.
To stay true to its commitment to humanness, the band opted to self-produce and favored 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. "Rebuilding The Fallen Empire was mixed by John Cornfield (MUSE, Robert Plant, The Verve). Initially, Cornfield was slated to mix select tracks, but, after hearing the material, he was so enthusiastic he signed to mix the entire record."
Contemplating the prime 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.”