Boise State Public Radio Presents the Weaves Second Chance In-store live at The Record Exchange during Treefort Music Fest on Friday, March 24 (4pm). Weaves’ official Treefort set is at El Korah Shrine later in the evening (9pm). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages – and you don’t need a Treefort pass to attend (but you should get one because this festival rules).
In a little over two short years, Weaves have gone from a collection of voice memos on Jasmyn Burke’s iPhone to establishing themselves as one of the most stridently individual acts to emerge from Toronto’s fertile and multifaceted DIY scene. Led by the collaborative efforts of Jasmyn Burke and Morgan Waters, the band have built a devoted audience while capturing the attention of the international media with a brand of ebullient, art-damaged pop music as difficult to categorize as it is to ignore.
The group began in a series of sessions in the bedroom of Water’s Chinatown apartment, where Waters and Burke would record increasingly elaborate demos built from Burke’s phone full of songs. They transitioned to a full band lineup in late 2013, adding bassist Zach Bines and drummer Spencer Cole, and quickly set to work recording their debut EP, which was released on Buzz Records in the summer of 2014.
The EP made an immediate splash, garnering praise from Noisey, Rookie and Spin, and earning Weaves a “band to watch” tag from Rolling Stone. Glowing write ups of the band’s performances at that year’s CMJ from The Guardian and NME followed, cementing Weaves’ reputation as one of the year’s most exciting new bands. Word continued to spread in 2015 with the release of their single “Tick” ahead of the band’s first European tour, which included dates with Hinds, Dan Deacon and Pissed Jeans, and appearances at Glastonbury and Iceland Airwaves.
With their already sterling live show only sharpened by their time on the road, the band returned to CMJ in October and emerged as one of the hottest acts of the festival, earning “best of the festival” write-ups from NPR and The New York Times, among others, and further building the anticipation for their forthcoming full length.
Weaves released their debut LP in June 2016. They worked on the album for almost as long as they had been a band, tracking with Leon Taheny (Dilly Dally, Owen Pallett, Austra) in sessions that spanned nearly two years. Mixed by Alex Newport (Death Cab for Cutie, Melvins, At The Drive In) and mastered by John Greenham (Death Grips, Sky Ferreira), the result is an album that traverses the band’s history, exploring every facet of their always adventurous approach to pop music and leaving no idea unexplored.
The band toured the US, Canada and Europe for over 6 months in 2016, including support runs with Mitski, Sunflower Bean, Beach Slang and Dilly Dally and a slew of summer festivals (e.g., EOTR, Latitude, etc…), and culminating in a 2017 JUNO nomination for best Alternative Album Of The Year. Filled beyond bursting with hooks and possibilities, Weaves possess the sound of a band propelled forward by the thrill of discovering the limits of their sound and gleefully pushing past them.
RECORD EXCHANGE TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE:
Secret In-store Wednesday, March 22 5:30pm RSVP
Weaves Second Chance In-store presented by Boise State Public Radio Friday, March 24 4pm RSVP
Marco Benevento Second Chance In-store Saturday, March 25 5pm RSVP
FULL TREEFORT SCHEDULE:
All Record Exchange in-store events are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one because you don’t want to miss out on the #treefort2017 action).