New album Easy out now.
The sun’s starting to come out, the weather’s getting a little warmer, and I’ve been driving around with the window down in my car. Essentially, the perfect time to whip on some southern rock to soundtrack the warm evenings.
While I have you, could I recommend you use Jackson, MS quartet The Weeks for your driving accompaniment? They’re new album Easy is an up beat, low down, piece of fun with added orchestral flourishes to accentuate the good time. Maybe when you get home, crack a beer, and fire up the barbeque.
We spoke to the band about where their music is best received, their desire to tone down the flourishes on this album, and how they want you to have a good time.
Overblown: You have a song on the new record called ‘Ike’. Who is Ike?
The Weeks: Ike was a working title originally because the intro came first and it had an Ike & Tina Turner feel. It stuck around for so long that by the time it came down to retitling everything we couldn’t imagine that song being called anything other than “Ike”.
O: As your sound has been described as ‘southern’ rock, where is your music best received? Why do you think that is?
TW: The UK seems to have always had a sweet spot for southern rock. I think it’s the foreign aspect of it. Part of what makes southern rock so immediate is its relatability. Our music isn’t nearly as southern as we are as individuals, though. Musically, the southern part is something we don’t really hear in our music.
O: On the new album, there are orchestral flourishes that call to mind Bruce Springsteen. I feel they add a grandeur to some of the songs. What do you feel these flourishes add to the songs?
TW: With ‘Easy’ we tried to much more efficient with the flourishes. Our last record had all kinds of singers and horns and you name it, but we wanted to keep this one pretty stripped down. So the extra parts you hear are the most essential things in the song. We only threw in exactly what the songs called for. Ardent Studios has an amazing ‘68 Mellotron that for some heavy rotation during the sessions. We also put more focus into 2 and 3 part harmonies than we ever had before.
O: “Were we meant to thrive and prosper? Or are we just a big mistake?”. These are lyrics from ‘The One’, another new track. That’s a pretty big existential question. Have you found an answer?
TW: I think the point of that lyric, paired with “I’m happy now – don’t you think that that’s enough” is trying to come to terms with the fact that you’ll never have that answer and you’ll die searching. “Life is what happens when you’re making plans.” “He not busy being born is busy dying”.
O: The album closer is called ‘Don’t Be Sad’. The title, I feel, perfectly describes the point of your music. Listening to the new album often feels like hanging out with an old friend and having a good night out. Are you be happy for your music to feel like that for people?
TW: Absolutely. That is what it is was when we made it. Old friends sitting around with instruments, beer and red meat, making things up. Whether it’s a lyric or a groove, The Weeks are here to make you get up with the get down.
O: You’re heading on a pretty extensive tour right now. What are your pre-gig rituals?
TW: If I’m honest, we don’t have any. We’ve been doing this together since we were 14 so it honestly feels more natural on stage than off it. We probably have more rituals to make us comfortable when we have to go do real life stuff.
O: Any final words for our readers?
TW: Keep it easy, y’all.
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