Weirds are a four piece band hailing from Leeds and made up of four friends; Aidan, Matthew, Zachary and David who together create sludgy, psychedelic music which has a slightly heavier twist.
Back in 2013, the band released their debut single ‘Crocodile’ and things have been looking up ever since with their debut full-length Swarmculture came out in May this year via Alcopop! Records. Their cinematic and eerie video for track ‘Valley of Vision’ came out earlier this year and has even been played on BBC Radio 1.
The band blend together loads of musical elements making a hard-edged image which you can see perfectly in their latest single ‘Phantom’. The band have been out on tour with Wytches and are set to play 2000 trees, Truck Festival and LeeFest in the coming months.
We spoke to vocalist Aidan Razzall to have a chat about their signing to Alcopop, the debut album and what the band are all about.
Mosh: For those people out there who haven’t heard of Weirds how would you describe the band and your sound?
Aidan: I’d say we are a heavy, sludgy, psychedelic rock band.
Mosh: At the end of last year you signed to Alcopop Records, how did that come about?
A: Yeah, we sent Alcopop our album after recording it, and we instantly got on well. After seeing the Tigercub record do well, we felt Alcopop was a good choice for us. We met up in London and discussed ideas moving forward, and here we are.
Mosh: You guys moved to Leeds from Nantwich, do you find being in a larger city easier for music?
A: For sure, no disrespect to Nantwich as a place, but it’s a small, fairly rural market town that doesn’t have much of a scene. The natural choice for us was to move somewhere that had music venues and bands all over the place.
Mosh: Your full-length album is out now, how do you see the album?
A: We tried to write the record as a cohesive journey, which ebbs and flows throughout. I think you can expect the heavier and angrier sides of our sound for sure, but there’s also a slower, softer side to the album that people might not expect from us, particularly in the more ambient second half- songs like ‘Tunnelling’ and ‘Crows’, for example. But then there are songs like ‘Things that Crawl’ and ‘Past Life’ which fall more closely in line with our live sound. One of the coolest things about recording an album is that you can create a different sonic world to that of your live shows, which for us are heavier and more chaotic.
Mosh: You released a new single ‘Phantom’ not that long ago and you said it was one of the poppiest things you’ve ever written, can we expect more tracks like this on the album or heavier stuff?
A: Yeah, we think ‘Phantom’ is the poppiest thing we’ve written, and it follows a really conventional pop structure of verse/chorus and so on. Most of our songs follow a pretty simple structure, we just try to embellish them with weird synth parts, guitar feedback or odd vocal lines. In terms of heaviness, there are definitely heavier tracks on the record. Something like ‘Old World Blues’, or the main riff of ‘Things that Crawl’ are up there with the heaviest things we’ve put to tape.
Mosh: As it’s your debut were you nervous about what to expect reaction wise?
A: I think it would be foolish to say there is not a nervousness about putting an album out. You’re exposing something that you’ve worked on for a long time to a large amount of people in a public way, so that’s quite a challenging thing to accomplish. But I’d say that in terms of reviews, we aren’t really bothered about them, as they’re completely subjective. All we need to be happy is the knowledge that we’ve created an album that we’re proud of.
Mosh: You played a handful of free shows in London back in March, how did those go? What kind of reaction did you get from the new material?
A: They were great! It was fun to play over three successive nights in the capital. We played in Brixton for the first time too. We’ve noticed that crowds in London have started to become a little more lively for us recently, which is fun as usually the Northern shows are more raucous- I think a lot of bands might agree with that.
Mosh: With a few festival shows coming up this summer how are you preparing for them?
A: We currently have a little bit of time off after touring with the Wytches and a few metropolitan festivals, so we’re honing down some of the tracks from ‘Swarmculture’. I don’t think you can prepare for a festival in any different way to rehearsing for venue shows really. We’re gonna make sure we take the essentials though this time- tents without holes in them.
2000 trees is a pretty big one to be playing, are you planning on hanging around all weekend and checking out some of the other bands?
We’ve always wanted to play 2000 Trees. It will be our first time playing and first time attending so we’re pumped for it. We want to check out Tigercub, Pulled Apart By Horses and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes.