Weekender is an American psychedelic/dream-pop band established in Philadelphia by Derek Sheehan in 2013, self-releasing their debut EP, Spanish Peaks, early that year before it was picked up by the Brooklyn-based, independent label, PaperCup Music. The EP was well received by the indie blogosphere - featured by Interview, Diffuser, and made Reddit's “2013 Best Of” list. But, as often happens in the course of any young band’s early career, life can get in the way. The battle between a good-paying job and the time, and opportunity to be creative, can be a real juggling act. And so Weekender’s line up shifted over the past two years, yet during that time, the band, whoever was backing Sheehan, Weekender became the go-to Philadelphia band to support touring acts coming through town, such as Future Islands, The Growlers, Nothing, Surfer Blood, Israel Nash, Peace, and Field Report, while building their own strong, local following.
With a new line-up solidly intact, including Jesse Petas (drums, percussion), Steven Rosplock (Guitar, Vocals), Brendan McGeehan (Bass), and Dan Mudd (Synthesizer), Sheehan recorded a second EP, Floaty, Feeling Blue, set to arrive January 15 on PaperCup Music. The album was recorded at Fancy Time Studios, once again with Kyle “Slick” Johnson, with he and Sheehan sharing production credits on the record. “Kyle and I work super well together, and I think the biggest part of our success in the studio, is our willingness to different ideas with the songs,” stated Sheehan. “Kyle has a knack for fleshing out the strengths of a song, and it helps to have another pair of experienced ears, unafraid to make suggestions.
Floaty Feeling, Blue is a record of dreamy, textured pop tunes, soaked in psychedelic effects. As the band has shifted, the sound has progressed with the addition of heavy synthesizers. “I bought two ‘80s analogue synths, a June 106 and Prophet 600,” says Sheehan, “adding a lot of the finished tracks. The textures of the synths create space for guitar and vocals, and I really love how much is going on between the notes.”
Thematically, the record is about the connection between the human and the natural world. “The lyrics embody the balance we strike between the two, not only individually, but also with how we relate to one another in each world,” stated Sheehan. “The theme was not immediately apparent, but as the songs took form during the writing and recording process so did the meaning. I find that letting my subconscious mold songs as I write, is probably my favorite part about songwriting, and similarly in the studio. Being in the moment and letting things happen is what I love about it.” Floaty Feeling, Blue is a natural progression for Weekender, Sheehan now surrounded by a group of musicians, ready to take his vision forward. The band will look to take their live show, which has built them a loyal local following in Philadelphia, on the road throughout 2016.
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