Track Of The Day: Weekend Recovery – ‘Chemtrails’

Weekend Recovery’s latest track, ‘Chemtrails‘, is a direct response to the rampant spread of misinformation, both on unregulated social channels and in the mainstream news media. From start to finish, the song captures the emotional journey of watching dangerous lies spread through your community. It takes the frustration and annoyance of that experience, and condenses it into a few minutes of unbelievably catchy music.

‘Chemtrails’ hits heavy from the start, with fuzzy guitars, throbbing drums and lyrics delivered in a way that aches with feeling driving them. By titling the track, the band have created a clever metaphor that bleeds into its structure – it takes a conspiracy theory popularised by tools spreading misinformation, and uses it to critique those exact tools. It’s a fun parallel that shows the group’s skills when it comes to crafting lyrics with depth, nuance and sharp commentary.

The lyrics strike that delicate balance between being relatable, while still capturing a specific moment. A huge proportion of the people listening to this song will know the exhaustion of hearing another tired cover of Freebird at an open mic; it wouldn’t surprise me if the band (perhaps each member individually) and every one of those listeners will have the face in mind of a specific bland performer who finally tipped the scales and made Freebird unlistenable for them. These words are fuelled by vocals soaked with feeling – there is an initial aggression to them that captures the rage you feel seeing people legitimise dangerous lies. They relax into an almost spoken section heavy with sarcasm that is cathartic to hear. These are bookended by upbeat, bouncy lines that let you fall back into the space where, if nothing else, you have to laugh at the situation. The strings ramp up to the climatic finish to wrap all those emotions into a powerful scream, which swiftly drops back into the bouncy vocals before it implodes like your mental health after too much time in the wrong corner of Twitter.

In ‘Chemtrails’, Weekend Recovery have captured the nuanced anguish of being caught in a constant untrustworthy news cycle, and made it catchy as hell at the same time.

Kirstie Summers
@ActuallyKurt

Photo Credit: Keira Anee Photography

Premiere: LORI – ‘I’m Still Here’

Known to us as the magnificent front-woman of rockers Weekend Recovery, songwriter LORI has now announced her debut solo EP, set for release next month via Criminal Records.

The second single to be taken from the EP, and the collection’s title track, ‘I’m Still Here’ offers a reflection on LORI’s recent mental health journey. Propelled by swirling, electro-infused hooks, LORI’s emotion-strewn crystalline vocals soar throughout with an empowering sentiment. Oozing a sweeping subtle power and shimmering emotive energy, it’s a perfectly heartfelt alt-pop gem; a much-needed stirring message of resilience and self-love. A huge step away from the ferocious punk-pop of Weekend Recovery, ‘I’m Still Here’ channels LORI’s distinctive impassioned spirit in a sparkling new direction.

As LORI reiterates the refrain “I’m still here. I survived”, I can’t help but feel extremely grateful that she got through everything to be where she is today; offering this deeply moving, and instantly catchy, survivor anthem.

Listen to ‘I’m Still Here’, for the first time:


‘I’m Still Here’ is out tomorrow, 27th August. LORI’s solo EP of the same name is set for release on 3rd September via Criminal Records. Catch LORI live:

6th Sept: Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield
7th Sept: Hope and Anchor, London
8th Sept: The Prince Albert, Brighton
9th Sept: Dead Wax Digbeth, Birmingham
10th Sept: Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham
11th Sept: Santiagos, Leeds
12th Sept: Retro, Manchester

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Keira Anee

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

Video Premiere: Weekend Recovery – ‘There’s A Sense’

Having previously blasted into our ears with 2018’s album Get What You Came For, and with acclaim from the likes of NME, Radio X and  Kerrang!, Leeds three-piece Weekend Recovery are back with an energy-fuelled new single.

Reflecting the intensity of being an artist in the music industry, ‘There’s A Sense’ is an immensely catchy slice of garage-infused pop-punk. Propelled by front woman Lori’s soaring, impassioned vocals, swirling hooks race with a raging energy; leaving you ready for more of its infectious, blazing force.

Accompanied by a DIY homemade video featuring spliced together footage of a variety of friends and family rocking out to the track, it offers an uplifting sense of togetherness and unity in these scary, uncertain times. Oozing a buoyant, gritty power alongside a sense of glimmering hope that shines through, ‘There’s A Sense’ is guaranteed to get you up dancing and singing along, much like the stars of the video. If you’re missing that unique euphoric joy only to be found at live gigs, this video’s definitely for you.

Of the video, Lori explains:

We had such an awesome idea for our video, but because of the current situation we had to (as with many businesses, artists etc) make adjustments. So we decided to reach out to our friends, families and supporters help make this very humbling version for our new song. It’ll also be nice to look back in a few months or years to remind ourselves every cloud has a silver lining and, although covid is terrible, it’s also brought us together. Thank you to everyone who helped us with this, it’s really brought a smile in the darkest of times.”

Watch the new video for ‘There’s A Sense’ now:

‘There’s A Sense’ is out now. Listen on Spotify.

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Neil Chapman