Now available to download from https://thepigeonpost.wordpress.com/2009/12/27/weird-era-side-aa-download/
What you want and what you get for Christmas are two completely different things. So whilst I wanted to drink all day and eat until I popped, all I got was slightly tipsy at 2 o’clock, bloated and an early night. But there was also the tiny matter of an unexpected gift from Weird Era, who’ve got themselves together to record and release 13 tracks over two CDs, entitled ‘Side A’ and ‘Side A*’. So whilst my little brother spends his boxing day reading football annuals and devouring selection boxes, I’m being treated to what is surely one of the best self-released records of the year.
If you’ve listened to Weird Era before, you’ll know what to expect, with a heady mix of shoegaze, drone and lo-fi sweeping you away for 35 minutes. It’s almost unbelievable that this is being put out by the band themselves for free – it sounds like a seminal record already and it simply washes over you, and there’s a craft within each of the songs that belies the fact that they’re pretty much unheard of. If I wasn’t such a terribly frightened man, I’d make a record label just to put this out to a greater audience, and if someone doesn’t snap them up before easter then indie labels have got a lot to answer for. Obviously, there’s a lot of inspiration taken from Deerhunter and the usual My Bloody Valentine stuff, but this is material that stands on it’s own, with ease. More than anything, this proves why end of year lists shouldn’t be started until January.
If you want a copy, then you should either ask the band via their myspace (below) for a link, or they’ve distributed physcial copies around various outlets in Manchester, where you can pick them up for free. I’ve e-mailed the band asking if I can pass it on, so check back later if you can’t be bothered chasing it down in real life.
Weird Era – Fullstop (lower amp)
Weird Era – Sleep Paralysis