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WEIRDS – ‘Swarmculture’ Album Review

WEIRDS – Swarmculture

weirdsFrom Leeds, England comes the unique sound of Weirds. Their debut album, Swarmculture, will be released on May 26h on Alcopop! Records.

Weirds recently revealed Valley Of Vision, the first single from the album in the form of a spectacularly cinematic and eerie music video. Perking up the ears of Huw Stephens, the track has gone on to receive spins from BBC Radio 1.

Recorded at The Nave, an atmospheric Leeds studio built into a converted church, Weirds set out to create a dark, heavy, psychedelic record that still had the pop structure and hooks to make people dance.

From the opening swirling keyboards and echoey guitar lick, Things That Crawl takes offs into a huge grunge guitar riff before backing off and in come the vocals over a muted backing and I’m transported to the times of The Mob, Theatre of Hate and a little Sisters of Mercy before that monster grunge guitar returns…holy shit, these guys are good!

The aforementioned Valley Of Vision just provides a brief hint of keyboard before a monster grunge guitar riff gives way to a full on goth style song mixed with that powerful grunge chorus – it’s an atmospheric track mashing at least three different styles of music and it works really well to produce something truly different.

The third track, Old World Blues is a stomping fuzz guitar fueled, echo vocal infused rocker that will have you banging your head and stomping your feet at the same time – reminded me a little of Metz. The ten tracks are all given room to breathe and explore different sonic landscapes and Black Desert is no different with strange background sounds mixed with a heartbeat snare drum and twangly guitar all creating background for a vocal that reminded me of Tears For Fears!! Phantom is another powerhouse song with guitar sounds like Royal Blood and strong vocals throughout.

Weird Sun is over six minutes in length and has an almost psychobilly approach mixed with that goth-infused vocal. It meanders into hard/heavy territory before being pulled back to the original rhythm with some spectacular bass guitar driving the song along. It’s a great effort and showcases Weirds at their very best.

On Crows the band provide a respite from the earlier heavier songs with a mellower, melodic track but, don’t be fooled, Weirds don’t let you relax for too long as they introduce some heavy as hell guitar before allowing you to relax again. They continue to show their melodic side on Salamander’s Sister but bring in that powerful guitar before the keyboards see out the song. Tunnelling sounds like you would expect a song of this title to play out. It burrows into your brain with a repetitive guitar lick and the Ian Curtis/Joy Division style of vocals enhance the song tremendously – one of my favorite tracks on this excellent intriguing album.

Ending with Past Life, a Stone Roses vibe mixes with early Joy Division and Nirvana to produce something truly special.

A testament to DIY music, Weirds are a creative force that reaches beyond the music – from their hand printed zines to curating line-ups and promoting shows in Leeds. With unrelenting, full-throttled live shows at their core, 2017 will see the band push each performance to its limit with a short UK headline run in March, followed by their support to The Wytches in April. Summer will see the band land at Camden Rocks and 2000 Trees, with further festivals to be confirmed soon.

The debut album will be available here: http://ilovealcopop.awesomedistro.com/