Weaves – Weaves

Album Review by Katie Hawthorne | 31 May 2016
  • Weaves – Weaves
Album title: Weaves
Artist: Weaves
Label: Memphis Industries
Release date: 17 Jun

Weaves take a half ton of risks on their self-titled debut LP, but savvy listeners will expect nothing less from this colourful Canadian quartet. They smashed a hole in the wall of Toronto's DIY scene in 2014 with an EP of sweet'n'sour pop-rock gems, and have spent the intervening months on a near-constant tour.

Vocalist Jasmin Burke claims to compose ideas on her iPhone, and although this first record's been in the works for several years, not one second of Weaves feels overthought. Tuck in for bountiful, weirdo distortions, whip-smart riffs that St Vincent would appreciate, and generous portions of tumbling, rambling breakdowns that almost – almost – end in disaster.

Weaves can flick between breezy, cute pop hits to tight-fisted punk snarlers in the blink of an eyeball, and the record's best tracks are a combination of both: Two Oceans is a thumping, brassy outburst of drunk sentiment and late-night loneliness: 'Please tell me about yourself? / You're looking sweet with your... slices of pizza.' Weaves are flying so, so close to the sun and they want you to feel the burn, too.

Playing Electric Circus, Edinburgh on 10 Jun; Studio 2, Liverpool on 11 Jun; The Deaf Institute, Manchester on 12 Jun and Nice 'N' Sleazy on 17 Jul http://weavesband.com