Upon bonding over music after meeting at one of her solo performances, Jasmyn Burke (vocals) and Morgan Waters (guitar) began recording demos in the former’s Chinatown apartment in Toronto. As they continued to flesh out more and more material, the twosome became a foursome with the addition of Spencer Cole (drums) and Zach Bines (bass), broadening their sound and launching Weaves with the release of several singles in spring 2013. The four-piece soon became an important member of TO’s thriving DIY scene, AllMusic calling their music “sharp and angular, but with a genuine sense of fun and exploration.” Their eponymous debut long-player (stream it below) arrived last year. “Exciting Toronto outfit builds on deconstruction, a remarkable feat of explosive chemistry,” said Consequence of Sound. “Weaves have put themselves at a compelling intersection of pop, noise and rock. They’ve created their own unique sound, and their self-titled record features more than a handful of fun, exciting songs.” Weaves (above, performing “#53” and “Walkaway” for Stiegl Hidden Sessions Studio) returned with their sophomore LP, Wide Open (stream it below), last week, finding the “quartet immersed in the world of stadium rock, cribbing plenty of influence from the likes of Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen,” said Exclaim. “It’s a fairly drastic change, but one they’re able to effectively reconcile with their latent avant-garde tendencies.” The good people at DIY were also impressed: “Flinging open the entrance to yet more invention, there’s no stopping this lot spinning their oddball yarn.” Weaves make their last U.S. stop on their North American tour in Brooklyn tonight at Rough Trade NYC. Tancred open the show.
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Cayetana (above, doing “Serious Things Are Stupid”)—Augusta Koch (vocals and guitar), Allegra Anka (bass) and Kelly Olsen (drums)—rose up out of the Philly D.I.Y. scene five years ago and have been going strong ever since. Their debut full-length, Nervous Like Me (stream it below), arrived in 2014, earning a Band to Watch label from Stereogum and praise from Consequence of Sound: “Cayetana don’t fit in with the most notorious Philadelphia rock bands to emerge of late: the War on Drugs, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Strand of Oaks. But, what the three punk rock mentality purists in Cayetana have in common with their city mates is a debt to the past and willingness to push beyond revivalism in order to create music that sounds necessary—separating themselves from similar-sounding bands by simply doing things better than their competitors.”
Thanks to their self-titled debut LP (stream it below), Weaves (above, performing “Coo Coo”)—Jasmyn Burke (vocals), Morgan Waters (guitar), Spencer Cole (drums) and Zach Bines (bass)—also earned Stereogum’s Band to Watch label, earlier this year, and—you guessed it—some praise from Consequence of Sound: “Weaves have put themselves at a compelling intersection of pop, noise, and rock. They’ve created their own unique sound, and their self-titled record features more than a handful of fun, exciting songs. Weaves may not be using traditional formulas to craft these songs, but they certainly have a handle on chemistry, and that gives them the potential to create something truly explosive in the future.” The Toronto quartet is currently on the road with Cayetana, and you can catch them both at the late show at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday night.
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