February 15, 2019 8:00 pm
You don’t want to miss this show! PART ONE of #EOFF2019 Path to Liberty Music Series the incredible psychedelic band
WEEED’s 6th LP, “You Are The Sky”, finds the quintet shedding much of their sonic past to offer an introspective, self-loving narrative woven to surprising arrangements that snag the ear. Over the last year, a metamorphosis has taken place within the band where two drummers have become three, and a singer has become a father. The lyrical narrative has changed to an uplifting blissed out mantra; the music a nod to the inexplicable sounds of CAN, King Gizz, Faust, and Spacemen 3. You Are the Sky begins with the aptly titled “Opening”, a bubbling rise of loops and drones and phantasmal flute runs, from which the guitar introduces a melancholic refrain and the band kicks into a polyrhythmic groove that showcases their familiarity with improvisation. Quickly, however, that free-formedness melts smoothly into the gleaming vocals and infectious swing of “I See You”, harkening more consciously crafted material to follow . “Where Did You Go”, for example, propels a motorik pace through a well-structured labyrinth of quick turns and tight accents, crescendoing suddenly into an explosive, madcap percussion jam, which is just as suddenly and expertly reigned back in to a controlled stop. Likewise, the massive title track zigzags through tempos, melodic breaks, and heavy gleaming eruptions like an electric eel through kelp, acting as sort of a coda for the record’s diversities.
This album offers unapologetic genre blending that some might consider a sin. It turns on a dime from krautrock to country, psych to jazz, heavy fuzz to minimalism, punk to prog, generating simultaneously a psychic implosion and a tracer heavy cup of tea with which to unwind.
WEEED has become a sponge of the American psych scene over its 10 year tenure. In that time, they’ve found a healthy plane where improvisation can coexist alongside confident, sophisticated compositions, crafting a sound wholly their own. They’ve played hundreds of shows across the U.S, Mexico, and Canada, sharing the stage with Earth, Om, Acid Mothers Temple, Dead Meadow, Wand, Connan Mockasin, Kikagaku Moyo, All Them Witches, Shannon and the Clams, L.A. Witch, and many others. You Are The Sky is by far their most accessible to date due to the infectious polyrhythms, heavily stacked pulsing harmonies, and more focused songwriting. Coupled with the wild cult-leader-like incantations of someone who has seen between the ruthless realm of capitalism and the foggy one of art and mysticism, it is a combination that shines through in the darkest of times.