ALBUM: Weekend Recovery – ‘False Company’

Fuelled by the fuzzy indie rock riffage of Jack White, and the anthemic pop melodies of Paramore, Weekend Recovery has evolved from a Kent-based punk-pop four-piece into a garage-rock trio from up t’North in Leeds; transcending genres through experimentation and their undeniable punk rock attitude. Releasing two EPs – 2016’s Rumours and 2018’s In The Mourning respectively – and their impressive debut LP, 2018’s Get What You Came For, Weekend Recovery return with their self-reflective sophomore album, False Company; ten tracks of infectious do-it-yourself rock and roll.

Opening with the crushing ‘Radiator’, lead singer and guitarist Lori Forster lays the groundwork for the rest of the album with the perfect unification of grunge-inspired guitar riffs and raw emotion (“Got to stay alive / We’ve got to eat you alive”), before tearing apart toxic friendships in ‘Night Creature’ (“Keep it together / Even though you know the truth”), and preconceived ideas of who the fuck Lori is in ‘I Can’t Let Go’.

Bassist Josh Fawn and drummer Marcus Webster instinctively let loose on self-reflective tracks ‘It Doesn’t Seem Right’ and ‘Going Nowhere’, with scuzzy pulsating basslines and thrashing drum beats bounded by Lori’s hook-laden guitar melodies. Lowering the tempo for their latest single – indie fuzz ballad ‘Surprise’ – Lori displays her pop sensibilities with impassioned multi-layered vocals. A deeply personal track conveyed through soft/loud/soft distortion: “If I knew what I knew now / Maybe it would have been different somehow”.

Everyone has suffered from insecurity at some point. Weekend Recovery drowns out this negative noise with the energetic, uplifting ‘There’s A Sense’; picking up the pace through a fusion of propulsive bass, rhythmic guitar, and ‘sing-song’ vocals that will thrive in front of a live audience. “You got to admit there’s a sense of insecurity / Get away, get away, get away, get away!”

Alternating between power pop melodies and raw, energetic rock and roll, the final three tracks – ‘Yeah?!’, ‘You Know Why’ and ‘Zealot’ – conclude False Company; an uncompromising, confident LP worthy of repeat listening, that oozes the DIY work ethic of garage rock/punk. And whilst it can be easy to draw comparisons to their predecessors – Lori, Josh and Marcus wear their influences on their sleeves – Weekend Recovery has crafted a darker, heavier sound that is uniquely their own.

False Company is out now via Criminal Records, and was produced by Ed Heaton and mastered by Joe Fisher of Rainy Daze Recording. Buy here.

Ken Wynne
@Ken_Wynne

Track Of The Day: BAXTR – ‘Grace On Fire’

Following last year’s ‘Bloom’ and ‘Feathers’, London trio Floss, Bash and Keiko – aka BAXTR – have now returned to uplift our ears with their latest buoyant single.

Reflecting on the feelings of helplessness that come with seeing someone you love suffer, ‘Grace On Fire’ is a sweeping slice of alt-pop. Propelled by an uplifting energy, it oozes nostalgic tinges harking back to the anthemic indie classics of the early noughties, whilst maintaining its own unique shimmering power. As Floss’ honey-sweet vocals flow with a celestial majesty throughout, the track builds with explosive, soaring riffs and a swirling heartfelt emotion to create something truly stirring, leaving you longing for more of BAXTR’s infectious energy. Of the track, singer Floss expands:

“This song is semi-autobiographical. I have been both ‘Grace’, and the person watching ‘Grace’ suffer. I know what it’s like to look on and helplessly whilst someone goes through a painful transition. In my limited experience it seems that watching someone suffer, for whatever reason, can be full of so many different emotions. I’ve come to realise that the only thing that is true in every case, every time, is that it’s not your job to save someone else. Nobody wants to witness the fall of a great monument and symbol of hope and faith (ie: someone you believe in). We mostly all want to believe we can prevent that from happening to someone we love, but sometimes we can’t.
These days, I try not to overlook those simple yet precious 3 words that did so much to help douse my own flames… ‘are you ok?’

‘Grace On Fire’ is accompanied by a twinkling new video, filled with bubblegum pastel-hues, perfectly conveying the effervescent emotion of the track. Watch it now:

Grace On Fire‘ is out now, and was produced by Tristan Ivemy (Frank Turner, Lottery Winners).

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Five Favourites: Nervous Twitch

Having previously wowed us with their uptempo colourful energy live at The Finsbury, and following the joyous, uplifting punk-pop of last year’s ‘Tongue Tied’, Leeds trio Nervous Twitch have just released their eponymous fourth album, out now via Reckless Yes.

We think one of the best ways to get to know a band is by asking what music inspires them or influences their writing. So, we caught up with Erin from Nervous Twitch to discuss the five songs that have made the biggest mark on her. Check out her choices below, and watch the video for latest single ‘Alright Lads’ at the end of this article.

The Vaselines – ‘Monsterpussy’
The Vaselines do the finest scuzzy pop songs. I had ‘The Way of the Vaselines’ on repeat for a large proportion of the writing for our latest album, so I think that it’s woven into the sound of the album.

Josie Cotton – ‘He Could Be the One’
I feel like I was really late to discover Josie Cotton, considering how much of an obsessive I’ve become, but hey, it’s always good discovering a new to you band with a full back catalogue of hits! She’s got bags of style, the best kind of high-end pop voice (I really wish I had!), and writes some fantastic hits. The stabbing electronic organ intro to this song is great and it has an ace running bass line (I really should learn that!). I love power-pop, and how it lies somewhere in-between bubble-gum pop, rock and roll, punk and new wave; all the best genres in one!

Helen Love – ‘2000MPHGIRL’
I think in this day and age it’s really difficult to be completely original, but that’s something Helen Love surpasses. Her songs do have a sound that echoes the time of their release, but they always sound fresh every time I give them a spin. On paper the mix of styles sound like they shouldn’t go well together, but every track has a great balance of uniqueness whilst remaining a completely excellent pop song. I really could have picked any Helen Love song – they’re all so infectious!

Supercharger – ‘It’s Alright’
1990s garage punk is one of my favourite genres of music. Energetic raw and ready sound with a good dose of rock and roll. Karen’s primitive drumming style with the in-the-red guitars gives Supercharger a great sound. The perfect antidote to the autotuned world we live in today.

Southern Culture on the Skids – ‘Just How Lonely’
This is such a beautiful song. I learnt it over the summer, mainly because the guitar chords were easy to play (ha ha!), but it’s got so much heart and Mary really has a great voice for it. Musically, I think I’m more influenced by how they (Southern Culture on the Skids) craft their songs over the style of music they make, but I always admire how well they manage to present an overflowing mixed bag of influences from punk to bluegrass, and everything is done with such style, ease, and finesse. I was lucky enough to catch them live in Spain a few years back and they were hands down one of the best bands I’ve ever seen.

Thanks so much to Erin from Nervous Twitch for sharing her Five Favourites with us! Watch the new video for latest single ‘Alright Lads’ here:

Nervous Twitch, the new album, is out now on Reckless Yes. Order on vinyl, CD or digital via bandcamp now.

Photo Credit: Roz Doherty

PREMIERE: The Other Ones – ‘Forever Young’

Following the blistering energy of their recent eponymously named single, London-based The Other Ones have returned to blast into our ears with a brand new offering.

Propelled by jangling guitars and front-woman Steph’s swooning, gritty vocals, ‘Forever Young’ reflects on that sense of yearning we all have, now more than ever, for younger, care-free days. With a swirling, euphoric energy and racing beats, it oozes a sunny sense of nostalgia as honey-sweet harmonies and scuzz-filled riffs create an irresistibly catchy slice of shimmering punk-pop. Of the track, the band explain:

“‘Forever Young’ is a song about yearning – about wanting to run away from a humdrum existence, going for a drive with your best friend, throwing caution to the wind, and living for yourself. It’s hard to capture that feeling of limitless wonder from childhood, but when you have the right person with you, anything feels possible.

 

‘Forever Young’ is out on 5th February, and The Other Ones’ debut album is set for release on 26th February via Reckless Yes. To keep up to date with all the fantastic releases from the Reckless Yes label, why not become a member – more info here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles 

Photo Credit: Keira-Anee Photography