Jinx by Weekend on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The San Francisco–to–Brooklyn trio Weekend beautifully captures the ringing, pulsing sound that back in the early '80s was the sign of a new “alternative” band from the U.K. On Weekend's second full-length album, Jinx, a tune such as “Oubliette” brings to mind bands such as Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order, The Cure, and Depeche Mode, back from the days when those bands were far from the mainstream and considered rather weird. Except, of course, they weren’t odd so much as simply “new," and the years have taught us that lurking in that highly stylized approach are songs every bit as approachable and inspiring as their more straightforward contemporaries. While Weekend has clearly mastered the art of this retro-alt sound and its eerie atmospheric backdrop, the band has also shown its way with a song. “Celebration, FL”—with its multiple vocals attacking from each side—captures all the tension and beauty of this approach. “Adelaide” sticks with a beautiful yearning. “Just Drive” strips down enough to hear the skeletal beginnings of the trio’s sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The San Francisco–to–Brooklyn trio Weekend beautifully captures the ringing, pulsing sound that back in the early '80s was the sign of a new “alternative” band from the U.K. On Weekend's second full-length album, Jinx, a tune such as “Oubliette” brings to mind bands such as Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order, The Cure, and Depeche Mode, back from the days when those bands were far from the mainstream and considered rather weird. Except, of course, they weren’t odd so much as simply “new," and the years have taught us that lurking in that highly stylized approach are songs every bit as approachable and inspiring as their more straightforward contemporaries. While Weekend has clearly mastered the art of this retro-alt sound and its eerie atmospheric backdrop, the band has also shown its way with a song. “Celebration, FL”—with its multiple vocals attacking from each side—captures all the tension and beauty of this approach. “Adelaide” sticks with a beautiful yearning. “Just Drive” strips down enough to hear the skeletal beginnings of the trio’s sound.

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About Weekend

While a lot of Bay Area bands tend to embrace the sunny, psychedelic side of their city's sound, San Francisco's Weekend have seemingly chosen to embrace their hometown's foggier side. Formed in 2009 by Shaun Durkan (bass/vocals), Kevin Johnson (guitar), and Abe Pedroza (drums), Weekend quickly made a name for themselves with their post-punk-shoved-through-a-shoegaze-filter sound. The trio's pounding bass'n'drum rhythms lay the groundwork for Johnson's wall of reverb-drenched guitar noise, giving the songs a dark, subterranean feeling. The whole package is tied together by Durkan's murky vocals, which feel both distant and warm, like hearing a My Bloody Valentine song on a fading radio station. After a couple of limited vinyl singles, the band signed on with Slumberland Records and released its full-length debut, Sports, in 2010. After a year that saw them touring and getting lots of good press, they returned in September of 2011 with the less noisy but still intensely poppy Red EP. The band's next album was produced by Monte Vallier and featured a sound that split the difference between the noise of the first album and the pop of Red, while adding some gloomy post-punk to the mix. Jinx was released by Slumberland in the summer of 2013. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    San Francisco , CA
  • FORMED
    2009

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