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Weaves

In 2016, Weaves’ self-titled album was among the most anticipated of the year, lauded internationally upon its release for the band’s sideways approach to guitar pop, described as “one of the most unpredictable sounds of 2016” (MTV), and “a triumphant assault on all things conventional” (i-D). For the band, the year was a transformative experience, spent mostly on the road, playing festivals and touring with fellow 2016 breakout artists like Sunflower Bean and Mitski. Upon returning home to Toronto, rather than succumb to the exhaustion of their relentless world takeover, the band was propelled forward by their own momentum, which they corralled like the barely contained energy of their explosive live sets. Surprisingly, singer Jasmyn Burke and guitarist Morgan Waters found themselves possessed by an irrepressible burst of creative energy. Weaves entered the studio in early 2017 to begin recording what would become their sophomore LP, Wide Open. Assisted by once again by engineer Leon Taheny (Austra, F*cked Up), they approached the album as a highwire act - walking the line between intention and their own gleefully anarchic creative impulses. Weaves’ freewheeling compositional style is grounded by Burke’s songwriting, which is both more focused and more personal than on past releases. The record sees Burke extend herself as a performer - moving more frequently to the center of arrangements and revealing new facets of her unique and powerful singing voice. Meanwhile, Waters and the band’s dynamic rhythm section of bassist Zach Bines and drummer Spencer Cole find ways to interpret the growing diversity of her expression.  “In making this album I didn’t feel any pressure or any fear, and I think that might be the difference between this album and the last,” Burke reflects. “It’s been a weird year, and even on the album cover we’re in bright colours, but we’re covered in soot and we look like we came out of an explosion and I think that’s kind of the way life is. Hopefully you can bring some light to people.”

“Weaves are a force of absurdity, freedom and originality” - Flaunt

“Art-rock that is played like actual rock: big riffs, big drums and loud vocals” - Pitchfork

“Energetic, noncompliant, yapping at pop’s fringes” - The Fader

“A triumphant assault on all things conventional” - i-D

“The whole band is simply a sonic treat” – NPR

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