Reunited Medicine Play Music Hall with Weekend Tonight

August 16th, 2013

It’s been nearly 20 years since original members guitarist Brad Laner, drummer Jim Goodall and singer Beth Thompson called it quits as Medicine. Laner had formed the band in Los Angeles in 1990. They put out an album a year from 1992 through 1995, gaining more popularity with the release of each. Playing a sound that overlapped shoegaze and noise pop won Medicine (above, their official video for “It’s Not Enough”) comparisons to My Bloody Valentine—before that kind of music became popular in the U.S. But last year Captured Tracks reissued the band’s first two LPs, Shot Forth Self Living and The Buried Life, prompting Thompson, Goodall and Laner to revisit their music. Reunited for the first time since 1995, the trio began recording together again. It went so well that Medicine worked up a whole new album, the acclaimed To the Happy Few (stream it below), just recently released. Allmusic says the album is “shockingly good” and that “the songs are drop-dead gorgeous, the waves of noise and sound are all-encompassing but arranged perfectly, and there is enough joyous craft and blown-out intensity in the sound to keep it from being just an empty nostalgia trip.”

Shaun Durkan (bass and vocals), Kevin Johnson (guitar) and Abe Pedroza (drums) began making music together in middle school. They officially formed Weekend—another American band compared to My Bloody Valentine—a few years ago in San Francisco. Since their debut, Sports, came out in 2010, the shoegaze trio left the West Coast to make a new home in Brooklyn. And the move has been good for their music: “Feeling at home is evidence of stagnation, and so I’m happy to say New York still feels alien to me,” says Durkan. Weekend (above, doing “Celebration, FL” for BreakThru Radio) recently released their second full-length, Jinx (stream it below), which, in praising the album, Paste magazine says it “is a cavernous, open field of sound from beginning to end.” See Medicine and Weekend tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg.