Weirds make a grand entrance with their fuzzy and kaleidoscopic video for ‘Old World Blues’
Taken from their standout debut album Swarmculture, which was released earlier this year on Alcopop! Records, the Leeds band stand taller, louder and heavier than before with their breed of sludgy and psychedelic rock.
“Lyrically, Old World Blues is quite claustrophobic, and I really wanted to get a sense of entrapment and anger across. The title was a phrase that had been kicking around in discussion for a while, and just stuck- it became the perfect banner for the slouching, drunken feel of the track. We’re also big fans of expansive, totemic titles and ‘Old World Blues’ felt like the title of some kind of psychedelic spaghetti-Western film, and we just felt that it worked.
We set out to write the slowest, sludgiest, heaviest song we could get away with. We wanted a real slow, almost hip hop style beat, and the riff just spawned from there. I wrote the verse lyrics on the back of my flight ticket in Marseille Airport in a boiling hot departure lounge at the height of summer. I guess the song is our crest of intent, us taking aim and limbering up- we’ve got you in our sights.” – Aidan Razzall, vocals
Fast gaining a reputation as fierce and unpredictable live force, WEIRDS are gearing up to perform at Liverpool Psych Fest and Reeperbahn Festivals, before supporting DZ Deathrays on their UK tour this September.
OLD WORLD BLUES follows previous singles Valley Of Vision and Phantom, which garnered support from BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, Huw Stephens, MistaJam, Radio X, Amazing and Kerrang! Radio.
2017 has been WEIRDS biggest year to date, with highlights including support to The Wytches and VANT, Live At Leeds, The Great Escape, Camden Rocks, 2000 Trees and Truck Festival.
The band also saw a flurry of interest earlier this year, after their Facebook page was bizarrely hacked and transformed to a viral videos page. When their account was eventually restored, their online following had exploded to around 100K Likes.
Aptly named, WEIRDS are by no means an easy-listening band or a live show where you simply stand still and spectate. Having created the band as teenagers, over the years they’ve crafted a sound and live presence that consumes and mesmerises.
Catch them on the road:
20th Sep – Sugar Factory, Amsterdam (NL)
21st Sep – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg (DE)
23rd Sep – Psych Fest, Liverpool
24th Sep – Hope & Ruin, Brighton (w/ DZ Deathrays)
25th Sep – Hobos, Bridgend (w/ DZ Deathrays)
26th Sep – The Horn, St. Albans (w/ DZ Deathrays)
27th Sep – Camden Monarch, London (w/ DZ Deathrays)
28th Sep – Camden Assembly, London (w/ DZ Deathrays)
28th Oct – The Finsbury, London