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By Megan O'Toole
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
After four years of live gigs, The Weekend broke into the recording
industry in 1999 with their self-titled debut, released by Teenage USA
"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
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
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.