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The Weeds: Roots/Routes


(The Weeds)
Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Weeds is a band whose new EP had begun long before they were a band. Songwriters working on their own, they kind of came together, took all of their collected solo works, rehashed them, and gave birth to Roots/Routes, their new EP on Catskull Records.

I give The Weeds an A for effort. Their sound doesn’t really cry of uniqueness, rather a turn to the not so distant past. Still, drums are solid, guitar has this ethereal quality to it that takes me back even further, possibly to the late 80’s early 90’s, with a current flair about it. Bass is present but not overly exciting.

On vocals there is a male/female shared dynamic that gives the songs some interesting turns. Either singer doesn’t bode the strongest vocal presence, and the style in which they employ is from the done to death category. Still, it works for this particular band.

For folks who don’t spend a lot of time listening to a diverse and plentiful amount of music, this will be a hit or miss depending on your likes. While I wasn’t in love with the EP I can certainly see that the band has room to grow and really define their sound. Their a tight unit of players who, despite their shoestring budget, managed to pull out a fantastically produced sounding EP. I look forward to seeing where The Weeds head with a bigger budget. So make sure you give them a listen at their bandcamp page (link provided above) and make your own judgment. Enjoy.

AJ Garcia
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