Wednesday, July 24, 2013

REVIEW: Weekend - Jinx

One way to tackle the fabled sophomore album jinx is to stare it in the face, name your album after it and then create a noteworthy lo-fi post-punk and shoegaze record that laughs in the face of such superstitions.  So my congratulations to San Francisco/Brooklyn band Weekend, whose Jinx masterfully combines noise, rhythms, and pop melodies.  Admittedly, there is a lot of gloom in the lyrics, but the album has so much energy and life that it never oppresses the listener.  The production is clean and loud, and the pop currents manage to surface often enough, particularly in the second half of the album.  While I have enjoyed the trend in fuzzy, garage-oriented bands over the last few year, I'm also happy to see bands exploring the industrial iciness of post-punk.  And Weekend does it better than most.

Weekend are Shaun Durkan, Kevin Johnson, Abe Pedroza.  Jinx is out now on Slumberland Records.

Slumberland Records page for album

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