Check out this review of Mississippi indie rock band The Weeks’ new album “Easy”.
The Weeks – The Band
More than ten years after first forming while at high school in Jackson, Mississippi, The Weeks have developed into an almost perfect indie rock band, this is epitomised by their new album “Easy”.
The backbone of the group are twins Cyle (lead vocals) and Cain Barnes (drums) who are joined by Samuel Williams (guitar) and Damien Bone (bass).
Easy – The Album
“Easy” is released in the UK on the 7th April, but you can pre-order it now here.
- Talk Like That
- Start It Up
- Hands On The Radio
- Bottle Rocket
- Gold Doesn’t Rust
- The One
- Ain’t Dancin’
- Don’t Be Sad
Talking about the album, The Week’s frontman Cyle Barnes has said that “We called it Easy because every time I make music with these guys, it’s easy. It feels good. But the other side of it is there’s nothing easy about being in a band. There’s nothing easy about staying together for ten years and still wanting to make music. We have the hardest and easiest job on the planet. But it works for us.”
Bassist Damien Bone explains, “We just wanted to make a rock record. We weren’t as concerned making it a southern rock record. The southern thing is always going to part of what we do. ”
I’m a big fan of the Kings Of Leon and from listening to “Easy” it’s easy (sorry for the pun) to see why The Weeks used to be signed to KOL’s record label. They have that similar easy listening and well-balanced indie sound that KOL do, and Cyle Barnes’ vocals even have a similarity to those of Caleb Followill. However, The Weeks’ still have their own sound and “Easy” is a record with enough variety in its songs but at the same time, they have an almost comforting familiarity about them, as if you’ve known these songs for years.
Though I like all the tracks on the album, a few of my favourites are:
“Ike” – which is a foot-tapper right from the off and has a sort of jazz feel to it that reminds me of Van Morrison’s – Wavelength.
“Hands on The Radio” – which has a soulful / funk vibe to it, and it’s definitely a song that you could hear being played on the radio.
“Bottle Rocket” – is the type of catchy clap along song that I imagine most indie fans would enjoy.
Overall “Easy” is an enjoyable and easy to listen to record, that lets the great riffs and base do the talking. As previously mentioned, it has a familiar feel to it that makes it an instant favourite. If you’ve not listened to any of The Weeks’ music, then “Easy” is the introduction you definitely won’t regret.
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