Leeds’ psychedelic stoner rock quartet Weirds showcased their new EP, ‘Weird Sun’ at the renowned Brudenell, bursting the eardrums of anyone within a 3-mile radius of the Social Club with all-out sonic mayhem.
Weirds have built up a substantial underground UK following, and if they continue producing such brash, confident live displays will develop a far larger one. It was fitting that two days after local reports of extensive flooding at Yorkshire’s treasured White Scar Cave, Leeds’ own should produce a musical representation of a neanderthal being dragged through thick, angry mud.
In their latest release ‘Weird Sun’, skeletal melodic buildups of ambience sandwich all-encompassing walls of noise. Their dark, hard-hitting percussion was blasted out with infectious energy accompanied by crunchy bass lines. Closing with the EP’s title track, guitarist Zachary Thomas crowd surfed his way around the venue, whilst frontman Aidan Razzall commandeered a moshpit. Given that Thomas had been hobbling around on crutches in the smoking area beforehand, his performance in particular was all the more impressive, and the shrill, modulated guitar tones he punched out toed the line between serene and insulting throughout. Be sure to go and see them live if at all possible…when Weirds do live shows, they don’t hold back.
Local band Team Picture opened the evening, impressing with a combination of beautiful vocal and guitar harmonies, backed by grizzly basslines with primitive percussive layers.
‘Weird Sun’ can be found here.
Review by Mike Hinchcliffe