Weekends is a punk rock duo from Baltimore, Maryland. Recently, they have found themselves in a bit of a predicament. They have two fully recorded albums , but no where to release them. If they are given the chance, the band wants to release the album they first recorded. The album is tentatively titled New Human. It has ten tracks and each one far surpasses their last album, Strange Cultures. Keeping their style of music intact, but majorly refining it, the album gives listeners a pop grunge rock album that switches between pop and punk riffs and keeps their reverbed vocals. The album switches seamlessly from Brendan Sullivan, who has taken lead most in the past, and Adam Lempel. The album starts off with their title track "New Human" introducing the theme and tone of the record. The record continues with "A Defining Love" a powerful melodic riff based love song that introduces a different sound to Weekends that continues through out the record. Many of these songs have seen different forms of release. For example, "A Defining Love" was released acoustic on Weekends Acoustic Tape and "Basement Fuzz" was released on Friends Records 2011. This album is by far Weekends' catchiest and most powerful record to date. Their hope is to find the proper way and outlet to release this both records and release them as soon as possible.
How do both of your new records differ from your past ones?
Adam: Well, they were both recorded in studios. We actually spent money to have an engineer present at the recording process and record in studios, as opposed to Strange Cultures which was mostly recorded by ourselves and our friend Neil Sanzgiri at MICA for free. Raingirls and Roommate were recorded at Towson with Ben Bass. Strange Cultures was made on free studio time stolen from local colleges. It was mixed by Rob Girardi at Lord Baltimore Studios, and he's a pro, but he had to make do with the recordings that we handed him which were pretty rough. We didn't know anything about mic placement or anything like that and it's pretty tricky to record drums well. Brendan and I are both musicians; we are not recording engineers. Anyways, Friends Records helped us with getting Rob to mix Strange Cultures and he did a great job with what he had, but it wasn't recorded professionally. These recordings, however, were done with Jeremy Scott at Civil Defense Studios in Brooklyn, NY and he's done a bunch of recordings before; he recorded the first Vivian Girls album and he's also recorded Frankie Rose and Total Slacker, and a bunch of great New York bands. We are also working with Chris Freeland in Baltimore at Beat Babies Studios and he's recorded Lower Dens and Wye Oak, and he's awesome and he's recorded a bunch of great Baltimore bands.
Can you tell me a little bit about each of the albums?
Adam: These albums are kind of like a mature Weekends. The first album was when we are kids and Strange Cultures was like an angsty adolescence and now with these new albums we became more aware of what our own thing is, and then pushed that a little farther, experimenting with what Weekends could be.
Brendan: Working in a studio we were able to capture the sounds in a way that was more accurate and more full bodied. I would say these albums are more mature but also it can be hard to really qualify a change, when you're working at something it just progresses over time naturally. We have both probably changed a lot as people since we formed this band but it's just a natural progression, these albums seem like a natural progression to me. We're just moving forward. Also, over time, the vocal parts of our songs have come forward more. On our first album, Weekends, the vocals were basically a background sound. On Strange Cultures they began to come forward a bit more, and now on these newer songs they are more present, more thought out. That's not to say there is not still an aspect of looseness, much of the vocal parts still come about through improvising while working on a song, but on New Humans there is a song where Adam and I sing together. Overall, I think these recordings are more thought out than any we have done in the past mainly because in between recording sessions, while raising money for the next session, we had a lot of time to think about how we wanted it to sound.