New music: Weirds’ debut album Swarmculture is heavy rock at its best

Artist of the day 05/06: Weirds
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Weirds sound like: The revival of the Brit-rock glory days with a shot of adrenaline.

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Their story: Weirds are four buddies – Aiden, Matthew, Zachary and David – from Leeds, UK who make spaced out Brit-rock inspired guitar music with a heavy twist.

They burst into life back in 2013 with debut single Crocodile, well received by both indie and rock music press and started to earn the band a healthy social media following.

In the midst of gearing up to releasing debut album Swarmculture (out now) the band’s Facebook page was allegedly hacked into by some people who wanted to turn it into a host for viral videos.

It’s not all bad news for Weirds however, given they eventually regained control (and seem to be at the time of writing) of their Facebook page which now has 100,000 likes. Lucky them.

What’s so great about them? Weirds are demonstrating that the old border guards between the often elitist worlds of indie and heavy rock can be broken down.

Blending elements of psyche and grunge has led to affections being sent their way by both older and young music fans.

In terms of aesthetic, rather than adopting a hard edged image to fit into any particular scene, Weirds tend to adopt a more simplistic approach.

This was most recently displayed in the video for their latest single Phantom, seeing them burning an effigy of their new album Swarmculture.

The band says it represents a sense of catharsis following completing their album, having taken inspiration from a similar video by K Foundations’ Burn A Million Quid.

We’re guessing the latter was way more expensive in achieving a similar goal.

Most-streamed track on Spotify: Phantom (over 150,000 listens so far)

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What will they be doing in 2017? Now that the album is out, the band have mapped out a headline tour for this month around the UK inclusive of several festival slots throughout the rest of the Summer.

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Signed to: Alcopop Records

Upcoming live dates:

  • 6 June – The Cookie, Leicester (tickets)
  • 7 June – Brudnell Social Club, Leeds (tickets)
  • 8 June – Broadcast, Glasgow (tickets)
  • 9 June – Cluny 2, Newcastle (tickets)
  • 12 June – Polar Bear, Hull (tickets)
  • 6-8 July – 2000 Trees Festival, Upcote Farm (tickets)
  • 21-23 July – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire (tickets)
  • 10-12 August – LeeFest, Tunbridge Wells (tickets)

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