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

#ThrowbackThursday: GIHE w/ TABS 05.09.19

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown in the UK, we’re unable to make it into the Hoxton Radio studio to broadcast our weekly live new music show from 7-9pm. Instead, we’re sharing previous GIHE radio show recordings as #ThrowbackThursday sessions, so you can still enjoy 2 hours of new music tunes & chats with some of our favourite artists each week.

Today, we’ve picked our September 2019 show with London-based musician TABS. Tash, Kate and Mari spoke to her about her EP Love Like This, the amazing Butch, Please! night she organises at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and how her experiences within the music industry pushed her to produce and release her own music. She also played some special acoustic versions of her new songs.

Listen back to the show below.

Tracklist
M.I.A. – Paper Planes
GHOST CAR – Awkward
Keren Illan – Take Her down
ESYA – Nothing
The Txlips – The Lost Ones
Annie Taylor – 17 Days
Junk Whale – Chestburster
Emzae – As This Day Fades To Another
Lola – Care
Freja Frances – Catching Fire
False Idols – Hurricane
Shamir – Straight Boy
Errunhrd – Easier
Daniele Andrade – Wet Dreams
BABEHEAVEN – Seabird
**TABS live acoustic session & interview**
Campbell L. Sangster – Lil’ Sis’
Esmé – Ella
Blushing – Control
She Drew The Gun – Trouble Every Day
Lu.Re – Night Soul
Mexican Radio – Night of the Nihilist
Common Holly – Joshua Snakes
HAWXX – You’re No God
Tape Runs Out – Knife
Queen Latifah – UNITY

#ThrowbackThursday: GIHE first radio show! (04/02/15)

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown in the UK, we’re unable to make it into the Hoxton Radio studio to broadcast our weekly live new music show from 7-9pm. Instead, we’re sharing previous GIHE radio show recordings as #ThrowbackThursday sessions, so you can still enjoy 2 hours of new music tunes & chats with some of our favourite artists each week.

As we’re celebrating our sixth anniversary of being on air this week, we’ve chosen to share our first ever radio show! Broadcast on 4th February 2015, this show marked the first time Mari & Tash were live in the studio together, originally branded as ‘The Gigslutz Girls‘ as Mari was their New Music Editor at the time. They were joined by “the face of Gigslutz TV” Caitlin for a Valentine’s special, so the trio picked some of their top love (and not so loving) songs alongside tracks from their favourite female artists.

Thanks to everyone who’s supported the Get In Her Ears team since 2015. We’ve grown from a monthly radio show into a multi-platform organisation dedicated to sharing and celebrating the music of women & non-binary artists. Here’s to another 6 years of that!

Listen back here:

Tracklist
Queen Of Japan – I Was Made For Lovin’ You
X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage, Up Yours!
Blondie – One Way Or Another
Alvvays – Marry Me
Letters To Cleo – I Want You To Want Me
FKA Twigs – Two Weeks
The Distillers – The City Of Angels
Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper
Lizzo ft. Sophia Eris – Batches & Cookies
Brandy – I Wanna Be Down
Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl
Carole King – (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
PINS – Waiting For The End
Tweet ft. Missy Elliott – Oops (Oh My)
Kate Bush – Sexual Healing (Marvin Gaye cover)
Kill J – You Have Another Love
Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek
Sleater-Kinney – Buy Her Candy
Prince – Forever In My Life
Patti Smith – Because The Night
Beyoncé – All The Single Ladies (remix)
Salt ‘N’ Pepa – Whatta a Man
Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy
The Selecter – Missing Words
The Slits – Typical Girls

Track Of The Day: The Other Ones – ‘The Other Ones’

Following the catchy energy of last year’s ‘On Top Of Me’, and previously wowing us live at The Finsbury back in the days of gigs and life, London-based The Other Ones have now shared a fiery new single.

Propelled by scuzz-filled riffs and a blistering energy, ‘The Other Ones’ blasts into the ears with front woman Steph’s soaring, impassioned vocals and a fierce, empowering spirit. With a driving power, it’s an uplifting punk-pop anthem paying tribute to all of us ‘Other Ones’, the wonderful misfits of society.

 

Taken from their upcoming album of the same name, ‘The Other Ones’ is out now via Reckless Yes.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Keira Anee Photography