There are 52 weekends in a year, and 52,000 bands named Weekend. But this post isn’t referring to the San Francisco shoegaze band (and nu-metal bon vivants) Weekend, but the Welsh band of the same name, who dissolved over thirty years ago. Its members included Alison Statton of Young Marble Giants, and Weekend continued to develop that band’s remarkable post-punk vernacular. They influenced the genre massively with their debut album La Varieté in 1982 and split up a year later, and now Blackest Ever Black is assembling the first ever vinyl release of that album’s demos, The ’81 Demos.
“Red Planes” is streaming below, and plays like a kinder, gentler Metal Box, it’s strings soloing royally on the backs of a friendly bassline and jazzy drum machine claves. There’s a quiet psychedelia to its gorgeous interminability, like you’re stuck floating in some gorgeous lucid dream for a generation. Then the violin’s beauty dies a sudden violent death, and the reverie ends just the same.
Weekend’s The ’81 Demos is out March 3rd on Blackest Ever Black; pre-order it here.