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The Superweaks

Better Heavens

Lame-O Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

The Superweaks were born out of the Philadelphia scene, they have members in common with fellow Pennslyvanians Thin Lips and Dangerous Ponies, the band evolved from a loose music collective to a full time band for their first EP, The World Is A Terrible Place And I Hate Myself And Want To Die, that was released as The Weaks. Since that first release they have gone from strength to strength, building a solid fan base, and changing their name to The Superweaks, and now they have released Better Heavens, this is their sophomore album and it follows on from their acclaimed 2015 debut, Bad Year.

Better Heavens combines varied influences, from the geek rock of Weezer and Nerf Herder, through to some traditional rock and DIY punk ethics, of bands such as The Ergs, to create a melodic and intense brand of power pop. They have retained the sound that made Bad Year such an impressive debut, but they’ve expanded their sound, and their range of influences, to create an album that surpasses their first release. Paralyzed is a fine starting point, it boasts a heavy riff, keyboards and effortless energy that is the hallmark of a great power pop release, the pace varies but the constant factor is the hook laden riffs that populate Better Heavens. The heavy pop is not the end of the story, tracks such as Heavy Dreams demonstrate a more reflective quality, the pace of the album is brought down but the riffs inexplicably get heavier, whilst Oh God We’re All So Miserable Now features an unashamedly melancholy feel.

Better Heavens is dedicated to the memory of the band’s bass player and family member, Corey Bernard, brother of vocalist Evan Bernard, who passed away at the age of 22 this summer. The artwork featured on the album, both on the cover and further art within the LP, come from drawings and sketches made by Corey, and the album was recorded prior to his death. Better Heavens is a fitting tribute to the their departed brother and band member, and I can’t help but feeling that this would be an album he would be proud of, it’s The Superweaks finest release to date and it’s a tribute to them that they carried on in their wake of their loss.

The Superweaks released Better Heavens earlier this month and the album can be ordered here

Video: The Weaks – ‘Kick It’

The WeaksPhiladelphia’s The Weaks have posted a video for Kick It, a track taken from their debut full length Bad Year, released back in April via Lame-O Records. The video tells the bizarre story of the band members being ousted and replaced by the lads from Modern Baseball and some guy eating a hot dog. Rather than trying to explain, it’s probably easier if you just go and check out the video for yourself!

The Weaks are also hitting the road alongside Reggie And The Full Effect and Pentimento, check out the video and the upcoming tour dates below.

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The Weaks Stream New Album

The WeaksThe Weaks is streaming their upcoming Lame-O Records debut.  The album, Bad Year, dropped today.  Orders are available here.

Listen to the full disc here.

The Weaks – Frances Quinlain Will Have Her Revenge On Philadelphia

The WeaksThe Weaks has premiered a new song from their upcoming Lame-O Records debut.  The track is titled “Frances Quinlain Will Have Her Revenge On Philadelphia” and is from the forthcoming album, Bad Year, and is due out April 7, 2015.  Pre-orders are available here.

Listen to the song here.

The Weaks – Still Courting

The WeaksThe Weaks has premiered a new song from their upcoming Lame-O Records debut.  The track is titled “Still Courting” and is from the forthcoming album, Bad Year, and is due out April 7, 2015.  Pre-orders are available here.

Listen to the song here.

The Weaks – Nevermind

The WeaksThe Weaks has premiered a new song from their upcoming Lame-O Records debut.  The track is titled “Nevermind” and is from the forthcoming album, Bad Year, and is due out April 7, 2015.  Pre-orders are available here.

Listen to the song here.

The Weaks Announce Debut Full Length On Lame-O Records

The WeaksThe Weaks has announced details for their upcoming Lame-O Records debut.  The album will be titled Bad Year, and is due out April 7, 2015.  Pre-orders will be released Wednesday, February 25th here.

The band will be on tour with Brand New this spring.  Tour dates and track listing can be found below.

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Spraynard / Modern Baseball / The Weaks / Hurry / Marietta / Beach Slang

Strength in Weakness: A Lame-O Records Split

Lame-O Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Whoever said punks don’t care about other people was an asshole. Lame-O Records has a six way split entitled Strength In Weakness that brings together a wide variety of punk-pop players in Philadelphia to make cerebral palsy pay. All proceeds from the split will go towards United Cerebral Palsy–an organization dedicated to educating, advocating and supporting those with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Six Philly bands–Spraynard, The Weaks, Modern Baseball, Marietta, Hurry, and Beach Slang–created a new song for the split. Each single melds into the next wonderfully, though each comes from disparate places. Spraynard is jarring with “Haulin’ Oats” and its call to be a better man. The Weaks shred like Rivers Cuomo on “Call Me Away”–though its probably better than WeezerMarietta‘s “Old Joe” is fantastic and perfect for a snowy night. Beach Slang holds down the final position with the eeire and melodic “Too Late To Die Young.” As varied as they are–one jumps from emo to thrash rock to fuzz pop in a few short tracks–each of the bands on this Lame-O split came together from a sole purpose–cerebral palsy sucks.

That’s what Strength in Weakness: A Lame-O Records Split is all about. Cerebral palsy isn’t going away any time soon, but maybe some punky, emo kids can stand up and make a difference in their scene. It has always been about community, hasn’t it? 

The Weaks Premiere Song From Strength In Weakness Split

Strength In WeaknessThe Weaks has premiered their contribution to their Strength In Weakness split with Modern Baseball, Spraynard, Beach Slang, Marietta, and Hurry.  Listen to it here.  The split is being released by Philadelphia’s Lame-O Records.  All the songs on the split were recorded at Studio A by Jacob Ewald and Ian Farmer, who brought each band in for a day (or two) long session to record their freshly written tune. 

The split is currently for digital pre-order from BandCamp and will also be available as a one-sided 12″, limited to 500 copies on February 3rd. Vinyl pre-orders will go on sale on Wednesday, January 7th via the Lame-O Records webstore at noon EST. 

All proceeds from the sales will benefit the local Philadelphia chapter of United Cerebral Palsy, an organization that works to educate, advocate, and provide support services to individuals with cerebral palsy as well as a number of other disabilities. More information on the organization can be found at their official website.

Hurry Premieres “Shake It Off” From Strength In Weakness Split

Strength In WeaknessHurry has premiered their contribution to their Strength In Weakness split with Modern Baseball, Spraynard, Beach Slang, Marietta, Hurry and The Weaks.  Listen to it here.  The split is being released by Philadelphia’s Lame-O Records.  All the songs on the split were recorded at Studio A by Jacob Ewald and Ian Farmer, who brought each band in for a day (or two) long session to record their freshly written tune. 

The split is currently for digital pre-order from BandCamp and will also be available as a one-sided 12″, limited to 500 copies on February 3rd. Vinyl pre-orders will go on sale on Wednesday, January 7th via the Lame-O Records webstore at noon EST. 

All proceeds from the sales will benefit the local Philadelphia chapter of United Cerebral Palsy, an organization that works to educate, advocate, and provide support services to individuals with cerebral palsy as well as a number of other disabilities. More information on the organization can be found at their official website.

6 Way Split Featuring Spraynard, Modern Baseball, Beach Slang & More

Strength In WeaknessPhiladelphia’s Lame-O Records will be kicking off 2015 with a brand new six-way split featuring six acts from the city of brotherly love. Dubbed Strength In Weakness, the split features brand new songs from Modern Baseball, Spraynard, Beach Slang, Marietta, Hurry and The Weaks . All the songs on the split were recorded at Studio A by Jacob Ewald and Ian Farmer, who brought each band in for a day (or two) long session to record their freshly written tune. 

The split is currently for digital pre-order from BandCamp and will also be available as a one-sided 12″, limited to 500 copies on February 3rd. Vinyl pre-orders will go on sale on Wednesday, January 7th via the Lame-O Records webstore at noon EST. 

All proceeds from the sales will benefit the local Philadelphia chapter of United Cerebral Palsy, an organization that works to educate, advocate, and provide support services to individuals with cerebral palsy as well as a number of other disabilities. More information on the organization can be found at their official website.

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The Weaks Stream New EP

The WeaksPhiladelphia punk duo The Weaks are due to release their new EP The World is a Terrible Place And I Hate Myself And I Want to Die on Feb 11th via Lame-O Records, but ahead of the official launch, they are streaming it, in its entirety, via Brooklen Vegan. 

The Weaks are former Dangerous Ponies Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo and you can check out the EP stream here.

The Weaks Sign To Lame-O Records; Release New Single

The Weaks have announced that they have signed to Lame-O Records. The label will be releasing their new EP, The World Is A Terrible Place And I Hate Myself And Want To Die, on February 11th, 2014.

The first single, “Nietzsche Harvest Song,” can be heard on Property Of Zack here.