Alongside the finely tuned and smoothly orchestrated sounds of modern rock and the uniformity of pop culture sits a growing trend of grungy garage pop. This isn’t the depressed sound of ’90s grunge or the bouncy castle version of rock, but somewhere in between, a reverb-filled and natural expression of good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. It sounds amazing, and a great example is the fantastic and hugely talented Long Weekends.
Another brilliant product of the Halifax music scene, Long Weekends has exploded onto the radar with a collection of super catchy tracks. Their 2011 collection “Don’t Reach Out” shows off strong song-writing and raw performance talent, pointing to the future of rock and helping to pave the way for bands with similar ambitions. They’re nothing too fancy; it’s not a masterpiece created by spot-on timing or attempted industry pandering. If anything, it’s Long Weekends’ lack of perfection that makes them stand out, creating an honest, real, and really interesting sound you swear could be coming from your neighbour’s garage.
Their sound has been compared to Jesus & The Mary Chain, Mission of Burma, and The Archies, and it’s easy to see where this comparison comes from. The music is completely guitar-driven, and although each piece of the band contributes to the music really well, it’s the guitar riffs that drive the tracks forward. A good example of this is “Quarter Sticks”, a slower but fun track with muted vocals and repeated guitar goodness. It’s refreshing for vocals to play a background role without overshadowing or fighting for attention, and by forcing the listener to pay attention to the actual music, Long Weekends does something unique and cool.
You’ve probably never heard anything quite like Long Weekends before. For a great sampling of their sound, check out their Bandcamp page. The track “Don’t Reach Out” is one of the best, totally repeatable and worthy of some public displays of air drumming. Listen to samples of all the band’s tracks, and better yet, download them to love them more. The downloads are free (if you want them to be. Love them a lot? Throw them some cash).