Record Review – Weimar – Curse The Songs / John Doe

I try to do the occasional review of  local bands so if you could kindly lend me your eyes and ears to the retro guitar sound of new Manchester band , Weimar. (Aidan Cross – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Johann Kloos – Lead Guitar, John Armstrong – bass and Anthony Edwards – drums)

From the official press release

A four-piece Art Rock band based in Manchester, release their debut single, the double A-side “John Doe/Curse the Songs” on Friday 1st February. Both songs have been produced and mixed by Simon ‘Ding’ Archer of The Fall, Pixies and PJ Harvey fame. The single will be released digitally by German Shepherd Records and physically by Weimar’s own label Marlene’s Hat. Its release will be accompanied by a special launch gig at The Eagle Inn, Salford, at 7.30pm on Friday 1st February with support from Sticky Pearls, Dominic Carlton Jones and Geneviève Walsh.

Weimar have played regular gigs on Manchester’s underground circuit since 2017 and have been included on John Robb’s Louder Than War’s 50 New Bands for 2019 list. Their music incorporates elements of Post-Punk, Indie and Experimental Rock together with touches of Cabaret, Chanson, Alt Folk and Dark Circus. Aesthetically and lyrically they take influence from historical and cultural sources, basing their image and outlook around the German Weimar Republic of the 1920s. Their songs are preoccupied with the seedier side of culture and the darker elements of humanity, and the need for cultural and artistic rebellion in the face of political oppression.

“Probably the most important band since Magazine to hit the Manchester scene” – Bob Osborne, Aural Delights

Frontman Aiden Cross contacted me to review their double A side debut release, a familiar face on Manchester’s Alternative scene and I’m sure our paths have crossed on a variety of dancefloors; he can throw some mean shapes!

“Curse The Songs” has elements of Nick Cave and a bit of The Fall amongst the frantic strumming as it literally explodes into life with the lyrics being spat out like bullets from an Uzi.

“John Doe” is a more calmer, moodier track with Cross’s vocals coming across like Bauhaus’s Pete Murphy. Some excellent guitar interplay between bass and lead can be heard. A detective story put to music.

Their album could be an intriguing listen.


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