06.22.13 — “It’s Alright” by Weekend


If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “It’s Alright” by Weekend (2013, from the forthcoming album Jinx).

Weekend is a post-punk band from Brooklyn by way of San Francisco. They’ve called Slumberland Records their home for three years. Last January I wrote something about their brilliant song Hazel. Their debut album Sports turned a lot of heads in 2010 with its special blend of post-punk, shoegaze, and lo-fi noise rock. Their 2011 EP Red was a much more polished effort and it proved that they were certainly a rising star. The trio is finally set to release their heavily anticipated sophomore album —Jinx— on July 23.

This is probably my most anticipated new release of 2013. If you don’t count m b v, which was supposed to come out in 2012. And if you don’t count the new Throwing Muses album Purgatory/Paradise, which was supposed to come out in 2011, and will FINALLY be released “not later than October 1, 2013”, according to Kristin’s husband/manager.

Jinx is a highly anticipated album, but everything that I’ve read and everything that I’ve heard suggests that the anticipation will have been worth it. I’ve heard one other song from the new album, and tonight’s song.

“It’s Alright” by Weekend

The chiming guitar buried beneath the fuzzy bass makes this sound a bit like “Fascination Street”, and I’m quite alright with that. “Fascination Street” is a magnificent song and if this song wants to borrow a little bit of style from it, that’s okay.

Like some of their other songs, the lyrics of this song depend a lot on the chorus. “It’s alright. It’s alright. It’s alright….”.

This is a dark and warm piece of brilliance. I can’t wait for my physical copy of the album to arrive.

Speaking of which… Slumberland is now taking pre-orders for the album. The vinyl version of the album has been cut at 45 rpm and pressed as a 2xLP. That’s a bit unusual, but it’s what’s best for the album. Take a look at the blue splatter pattern on the mail-order copies and the yellow splatter pattern on the bricks-and-mortar copies. Nice!

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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