San Francisco, CA
Joy Division, No Age, Japandroids
It begins immediately with a pounding of drums and pretty soon the tornado of noise-fueled energy this band releases on their debut album, Sports, has you firmly in its grips until finally releasing you ten songs later for a chance to catch your breath. Unlike many of their contemporaries who seem to just be making noise for the sake of it, Weekend harnesses it as a tool to expertly deliver their darkly pulsing melodies.
Continuing the recent trend of quality bands from the Bay Area, this trio with the impossible-to-Google band and album name has begun to stand out from the pack thanks to some great reviews of Sports and a fierce dedication to touring which saw them make it to a show in Boston late last year just hours after totaling their tour van.
Drawing inspiration from bands like Joy Division and The Jesus and Mary Chain, Weekend’s talent for songcrafting makes their debut album feel like more of a progression of the sounds those bands fostered, rather than a cheap knockoff. From the glorious dark intensity of “Coma Summer” to the cathartic forward progress of “End Times”, this is the sound of a modern riot.
Signed to Slumberland Records, they are currently touring in Europe.