Weaves like their guitar riffs weird and their mosh pits friendly.
“We did this show in Canada a couple days ago and a mosh pit was starting,” says Jasmyn Burke, powerhouse vocalist of the Toronto-based quartet, in the thick of promoting their delightfully off-kilter, unexpectedly catchy 2017 LP Wide Open. “It was getting a little male-pushy, so we all just had this big group hug. Instead of pushing each other to show we like music, wouldn’t it be nice to hug each other, make eye contact, and do something besides aggressive behavior?”
That’s the world of Weaves in a nutshell — pushing for progressivism in their music and the places their music exists.
“Wide Open is sort of is a classic rock road record, but filtered through a female point of view,” guitarist Morgan Waters says. “[It’s] an interesting thing, because there’s such a cliché of, ‘come on boys get in the van!'”
On this week’s #AlternativeFacts podcast, Burke and Waters detail their adventures across North America and beyond: how the 2016 election inspired the new music, how they were inspired to cover The Beatles‘ “Help,” how playing Iceland Airwaves Music Festival led to 2014 Mercury Prize winner Tanya Tagaq guesting on the new LP. “When you hear her throat singing, it hits you,” Burke says. “Her voice is so powerful and dominant. It was so much more powerful than any instrument.”
Describing the excitement of seeing the world as an up-and-coming band, Waters sums it up: touring is like “living the internet.”
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