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Weekend : Jinx

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It’s all change for San Francisco’s Weekend on their sophomore LP Jinx, out now via Slumberland Records: they have a new bassist, a new home (having relocated from the Bay Area to Brooklyn) and – most notably – a new sound. The band’s well-received 2010 debut Sports earned them a reputation as one of the loudest and most abrasive groups of the current post-punk revival, but this time around the emphasis is on songwriting rather than scuzz. Whereas that record often – thrillingly – sounded like Joy Division played at earsplitting volume through the blown speakers of a battered convertible doing 110mph through a wind tunnel, Jinx is cleaner, clearer, if no less intense; with its chiming riffs, moody synths and buzzy rhythmic rumble, much of the album calls to mind ’80s new wave and goth, albeit the more flamboyant, pop-leaning end of that spectrum (think Echo & The Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, The Cure circa The Head On The Door), and whilst there is still an element of textural MBV-style guitar noise peeking through the gloom, the emphasis here is on bright, sleek indie rock peppered with the odd stadium-ready fist-pumper (early U2/ Simple Minds nod “Celebration, FL”). Listen to album opener “Mirror” below, then check out the whole thing over at NPR.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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