Album release: ‘Easy’ by The Weeks
Release date: 7 April 2017
Label: Lightning Rod Records
More info: Band website
'Easy', the highly anticipated new album from rising Nashville-via-Mississippi band The Weeks, is set for release April 7th on Lightning Rod Records. The new video for 'Talk Like That,' the album’s first track, debuts today featuring live footage shot entirely by the band’s own drummer, Cain Barnes. Watch it here. Pre-order 'Easy', with special packages—including one of a kind artwork by band members Cain and Cyle Barnes, here.
The Weeks recorded Easy over the course of two weeks at Memphis, TN’s Ardent Studios with producer Paul Eber sold. The band left Nashville to record in order to disassociate themselves from their everyday routines in the city, and to find a halfway point between their two homes old and new, Mississippi and Nashville. “Memphis has always been the capitol of North Mississippi to us, says guitarist Sam Williams. “We went there to be at Ardent. We knew Paul had learned everything from John Frye and John Hammond so we figured that was the spot. It’s important to keep those historic studios alive and not let them become museums.”
Of the record, frontman Cyle Barnes says, “We called it 'Easy' because every time I make music with these guys, it’s easy. It feels good. But the other side of it is there’s nothing easy about being in a band. There’s nothing easy about staying together for ten years and still wanting to make music. We have the hardest and easiest job on the planet. But it works for us.”
Thematically, 'Easy' explores new ground for the band. Bassist Damien Bone explains, “We just wanted to make a rock record. We weren’t as concerned making it a southern rock record. The southern thing is always going to part of what we do. ”
To celebrate the release, the band will tour North America extensively this spring. Further announcements are forthcoming. The Weeks is twin brothers Cyle (vocals) and Cain (drums), Sam Williams (guitar/vocals) and Damien Bone (bass). Formed when its members were in high school in Jackson, Mississippi, the band self-released its debut EP Dog Days in 2006. More than ten years and a handful of critically acclaimed albums later, the band has relocated to Nashville and toured extensively worldwide with Kings of Leon, The Meat Puppets, North Mississippi Allstars, Local H and many more.
Press reaction to date
- “Driven by rowdiness, and a mix of pride and defiance about their origins.”—The Guardian
- “Their music still kicks with the same hard-bitten affirmations that made them better than weekends in the first place.”—American Songwriter
- “powerful guitars and Southern-tinged vocals”—Paste
- “Churning, turning marble-mouthed swamp-rock anthems…”—Nashville Scene
- “Together they are a force…The Weeks know how to write, and play, and make music for their generation of midnight riders.”—Best New Bands