Volume 95, Issue 67

Friday, February 1, 2002
 

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Where's Waldo? We found him

Weekend fun for all

Disc of the Week

Tricky Woo hammers away at status quo

So, you want a tip?

Shits and Giggles

G-Dep Child still got the stigma

Weekend fun for all

Band seeks worldwide glory



By Megan O'Toole
Gazette Staff


With a pop-rock sound that has earned them national recognition, The Weekend are all about having fun.

The London-based band boasts a name as quirky and playful as the group members themselves. "[The name] came from a t-shirt I was wearing that happened to say 'The Weekend' across the chest," vocalist Andrea Wasse recalls. "It was just a random thing, [brought to my attention by] an old pervert."

After four years of live gigs, The Weekend broke into the recording industry in 1999 with their self-titled debut, released by Teenage USA Recordings.

"Lately we've been trying to shop our new record out," Wasse says, referring to The Weekend's desire to pique the interest of major labels.

"We'd like to sign with a major label in the [United] States so we can get some American money instead of this Monopoly money that we're making right now," she jokes.

"We just want to get to the point where people know who we are all over the world and come to see our shows."

Growing up in London, the band witnessed a great deal of change in the city's music scene. "For a while, the hardcore scene was really strong and there was a time when Indie rock was strong you also see different levels of local support, so it's kind of weird," she says.

Despite or perhaps because of their constant exposure to such varied musical influences, The Weekend have been able to develop a unique, peppy sound all their own.


Photo by H. Maceachern

"[We're] just like The Cars, with a chick singer and louder guitars," Wasse says, adding reluctantly there is some truth to Veruca Salt comparisons.

But Veruca Salt is not the only band that has influenced The Weekend. In fact, Wasse and bassist Lorien Jones previously spent some time traversing the "groupie" circuit. Most notably, the girls embarked on a number of road trips as they followed a Treble Charger tour.

"We weren't really groupies," Wasse explains. "We just really liked shows. We drove out to see bands play and stuff, it wasn't like we were 15-year-old girls sleeping around. We couldn't do that we come from good homes."

Hanging out with other bands has affected Wasse's attitude toward the music industry in general.

"When you're with different bands and you've all been doing it for a different amount of years, everyone's doing it for their own reason and everyone has a different view, so it widens your perspective," she says.

Over the years, The Weekend has had the opportunity to share the stage with bands like Green Day, Big Sugar, Default and the Matthew Good Band.

"Green Day was so fun," Wasse gushes of their opening stint on Green Day's North American tour. "We were all like, 'Oh my God, we're playing with big superstars, they won't want to hang out with us.' But they were really nice to us."

In The Weekend's downtime, the spunky rockers frequent London's Call The Office to check out up-and-coming acts. "We go there about 25 times a week," Wasse admits.

The Weekend is currently experimenting with new stylistic elements to add to their trademark sound. "It's a lot louder now and we're doing more punky songs," Wasse asserts.

"We're trying right now to write the cheekiest Weekend song ever, just to push people's buttons."

Wasse further assures fans the band will stay true to the sound that has already gained them a respectable following. "We're not going to do the Nickelback thing anytime soon, I can tell you that. The world doesn't need any more of that."



The Weekend will be performing live at Call The Office tonight with Wisconsin. Tickets are $6 at the door.




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