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Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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"Weekends on Pitchfork Forkcast"

Baltimore duo Weekends embrace noisy guitars and scrappy shout-sung vocals of 1990's indie-rock. Their forthcoming record, Strange Cultures, is scheduled to come out next month on Friends Records; album closer "Raingirls" (which appears on the record in longer form as well) features energetic guitar lines that are reminiscent of Fang Island, if they took more cues from Pavement. (via Weekly Tape Deck) - Pitchfork

"Impose Cassette Series"

The folks behind the magazine Impose are launching a new series of limited edition cassettes on their record label. They're kicking things off with Psychedelic Mice, a new EP from Baltimore indie duo Weekends. Up above, you can download one track from the release, a cover of fellow Baltimoreans Future Islands' song "Little Dreamer".

The series works like this: The bands decide how many songs they want to include, and the Impose folks release the results on cassette (100-500 copies) and, if the bands want, digital download. (That Weekends EP is available right now on iTunes.) New cassettes will be out once a month.

Cassettes are in the works from Prince Rama, Truman Peyote, Birthdays, Blissed Out, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (the band, not the actor), as well as a split release from Lower Dens and Talk Normal. - Pitchfork

"Weekends on Weekly Tape Deck"

B-more noise junkies Weekends (not to be confused with Weekend) are blue chip finds (and the debut LP) for the new MD label, Friends Records. Friends already seem to have a local-heavy and very strong opening roster and we’re glad to see the guys are doing well for themselves. Right now their first 3 LPs are up for pre-order and while we like all of ‘em, I strongly recommend Weekends’ Strange Cultures. - Weekly tape Deck

"Weekends Away - Baltimore Duo Weekends' New Take on Basement Fuzz Rock"

"I shouldn't be here right now," Brendan Sullivan laughs from a cold stoop next door to Charm City Art Space, a tiny, collectively run punk venue in the Station North Arts District. "But, you know, why not?"

Sullivan, 22, is blowing off studying for MICA finals to play a show with his two-piece group, Weekends. He listens intently as his lanky, fast-talking bandmate Adam Lempel, 22, describes just what their music isn't. Namely, Weekends isn't "blog rock," a term Lempel defines as "like MSTRKRFT or Justice. It's dance, but it's more in-your-face obnoxious, almost like rock music." Though Lempel, who also moonlights as a party DJ, admits to liking some so-called blog rock, he's looking to do something totally different with Weekends.

While neither obnoxious or electronic, Weekends does bear similarities to another underground music trend that has stirred up plenty of online (and otherwise) attention--the blown-out basement rock of bands such as No Age, Times New Viking, and the Vivian Girls. Like those groups, Weekends churns up a fuzzy nimbus of super loud guitar, rudimentary yet compelling drums, and vocals submerged so low in the mix you have to make up your own words. Unlike such pop-leaning ilk, Weekends blasts skrunky, spaced-out riffs, getting audiences riled to the point of crowd surfing, much to Lempel and Sullivan's incredulous amusement.

Though forming less than year ago, the duo plays out frequently at smaller venues and in November put out its self-titled debut CD. Housed in a colorful homemade collage sleeve, the album has an amateurish look, but the music inside is startling cohesive: 11 tracks of hyperactive tempo changes and intricately subtle guitar work piercing a pretty stoner haze. Unexpectedly, it's a relatively unscripted effort, culled from a practice in a friend's basement with many of the songs recorded in one take. The two are working on a follow-up, slated for release this spring.

Considering how quickly Weekends has made a name for itself locally, it's surprising to learn that Lempel and Sullivan barely knew one another when they first started the group. Sullivan, who grew up in Florida, played in several punk and indie rock bands as a teenager. These days, he maintains a lo-fi, experimental-yet-rootsy solo project under his own name. In conversation, he has a quiet, humble air, often pausing mid-sentence while searching for the words to finish a thought. The extroverted Lempel is all emphatic gestures, big ideas, and disarming friendliness. A recent graduate from Johns Hopkins University, he grew up on Long Island before moving to Baltimore to study philosophy.

In fact, the band was born from one of Lempel's characteristically outgoing acts. Late in 2007, Sullivan's previous group, All Niter, was playing at Load of Fun. Lempel, who was in attendance, was immediately captivated by Sullivan. "I saw Brendan playing [and] I was just like, 'I want to be in a band with that dude,'" Lempel says while doing a vigorous impersonation of Sullivan on guitar. "[He was] rocking out so hard. He was just into it in a good way."

Convinced Sullivan was the bandmate he had unsuccessfully spent months looking for, Lempel approached him after the show and got his phone number. Still, Lempel, who had run through numerous other musicians in trying to form a group, was nervous at his first practice with Sullivan. His fears quickly vanished as they began playing, riffing off each other on the guitar. "There was always a response between the two of us." Lempel says. "It felt right, like this is the real deal."

The group's initial incarnation featured both Sullivan and Lempel on guitar, playing music they describe as "droney" and "long jams." Neither had any experience with drums until they found a kit, left by another musician, in their old practice space in the Copycat building. "We were just fucking around," Sullivan says. "And, it kind of stuck after awhile." In fact, drums turned out to be the driving sound the two craved as neither wished to make vocals the focus of their music.

"[Vocals] aren't too important." Sullivan says, "It's just the general feeling and tone that's created by having that other layer."

Lempel goes further, as de-emphasizing vocals is an integral part of what he's trying to do with the band. "It's like inverting the standard pop song where vocals are the center," he says. "Here, vocals are a back-up instrument. It creates this intense way of thinking. The person is less important. The listener can't focus in the same way. They have to focus on the guitars and drums as the main elements of the music. Everything else is pushed behind and obscured."

If Sullivan and Lempel have a mission, it is to strip everything down to basic elements: two guys rocking hard on a falling-apart, secondhand drum kit, a guitar, and a few effects pedals. Rather than setting up on a stage, they prefer playing on the floor at the same level as the audience. Both are quick to point out there are no pre-recorded elements in their live shows. All of which fosters an immediacy the band thrives on. "It's all about making music that's not retro," Lempel says. "It's about making music for now."

Sullivan offers a slightly different take. "[Our music] is current in the sense we've never sat down and declared the kind of sounds we were going for, or not going for," he says. "We're not closed off to too many things, but we both know if we are making something that sounds like we didn't want it to sound."

"It still feels like anything is possible right now," Lempel adds. "We can do anything we want. Every time it is completely new." - Baltimore CityPaper


Strange Cultures LP (2010)
Friends Records
- includes "Raingirls" which was featured on the Pitchfork Forkast

Psychedelic Mice Cassette (2010)
Impose Records
- includes "Little Dreamer (Future Islands Cover) which was featured
in the Pitchfork news section

Weekends (2008)



Adam Lempel and Brendan Sullivan met while they were both students in Baltimore; Adam was a philosophy student at Johns Hopkins and Brendan was a sculpture major at Maryland Institute College of Art. Adam saw Brendan play in a band called ALLNITR at the Load of Fun Gallery one night, and said “I want to be in a band with that dude.” Friends were made – Weekends was formed.

After their debut album in early 2009, a four song EP and a digital release with Environmental Aesthetics followed suit, all while playing shows with lots of hometown friends like Dope Body and Rapdragons, as well as new ones like Total Slacker, Vivian Girls, and Toro y Moi. Both Brendan and Adam have contributed to Soft Cat, and Brendan creates lush noise folk under his own name, while Adam helps create with Winks.

Weekends embody a sense of being that bounces somewhere between pure joy and relentless angst, and everywhere in between. The result of their friendship has become optimistically twisted rock and roll derived from every corner of psych, art, garage, noise pop, surf, drone and whatever else you want it to be. Strange Cultures is the finest example to date.