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Weekend Wars
Published by Sthelensnow on 18/10/17 (227 reads)

Weekend Wars

Formed in late 2015, Weekend Wars are Jack Arnold, lead vocalist, Matt Morgan from Whiston, on guitar, Adam Rolo from Rainhill, on guitar, Andy Morrison from Billinge, on bass and drummer Bec Birchall from Thatto Heath. Bec, Andy and Matt are University friends and started the band as part of a University project. Jack and Rolo joined the band later.

In 2016 with their first three singles the band received airplay and plaudits from 6 Music (Steve Lamacq and 6 Music Recommends), BBC Radio Scotland (Billy Sloan), Virgin Radio (Jon Jackson) as well as international exposure by being playlisted by Spotify Australia & New Zealand. The band also played alongside greats such as The Dandy Warhols, Pete Doherty and Circa Waves at Liverpool Sound City as well as having their first two releases SHE and EASY featured in vinyl subscription service Flying Vinyl.

Highlights for the band so far also include playing at the Warrington Festival in memory of Viola Beach in September. "Our first gig was last year at Zoo Bar and we have played around Liverpool and Manchester and at Tank Bar quite a bit," added Jack, 22.

She

Weekend Wars are a Merseyside based five piece intent on injecting the North West music scene with their own brand of atmospheric, indie pop. The band began in 2014 as a university recording project and has since evolved into a full time obsession. Their first year saw them support The Hummingbirds as well as receive recognition from BBC presenter, Dave Monks. 2016 is already proving to be an excited year for the band with the release of their debut single, ‘She’.

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Local St Helens band Weekend Wars, released their debut single ‘She’ on 9th January 2016, and it makes an unapologetic statement of intent.

‘She’, a highly anticipated single, is an indie rock dream, with a strong guitar and drum melody throughout the track and vocals reminiscent of John McClure of Reverend and the Makers. The speed of the lyrics combined with the speed of guitar, builds to a frantic pace during the chorus as if in an attempt to convince others of a fact that “she wouldn’t believe it.”

The melody has a strong hook and pulses through the song, with the constant drum beat holding as the back-bone of the track and allowing the guitar riffs to roll throughout.

This track is a great debut single and leaves the listener wanting more, and listening to this song on repeat for a while. Weekend Wars are a band to keep your eye on.

The Indiependent. Words by Jessica Borden. 18 January 2016.

Maguire’s, Liverpool

Weekend Wars, playing in a pizza bar, and offering free veggie pizza as a 'support side act' - what a mouth-watering proposition, and impossible to refuse on a cold week night. Having been suitably impressed at a previous outing of theirs, this was to be an evening that would not disappoint, although the pizza quickly vanished as soon as I arrived.

Who, you might be asking, exactly are Weekend Wars? Well, the alt-indie-pop five-piece from St Helens - who formed in late 2015 - are on a mission to be different to Northern guitar bands; in their own words, there is "no swagger" to their music. They are all about enjoying life and bringing a lighter, energising sound to the party. What is striking is that you can hear every element to the music: the lyrics are not drowned out by overbearing guitar riffs, and the overall sound is melodious, harmoniously pinned together by a metronome-like percussion section, expertly commanded by female drummer Bec Birchall, which implores you to dance like a tribal drum.

A good-sized audience had assembled in the back room at Maguire’s in Renshaw Street. As soon as ‘She’ - last year's debut single - sprang into life, a group of three lads started dancing energetically, which was to continue, albeit sporadically, throughout the set. At one point they were invited to dance on stage, but took fright at this point and melted into the walls of the venue. ‘Easy’ blended in seamlessly after the opener, barely giving breathing space to vocalist Jack Arnold.

Easy indeed, Weekend Wars have a sound that is easy to listen to as well as being uplifting, optimistic and catchy. Northern music does not have to be gritty and morose any more; the Northern powerhouses of Manchester and Liverpool, the two worlds between which St Helens sit are flourishing and a new movement of more upbeat and melodic music appears to be on the rise.

Earlier single, ‘Flaws’ came forth with its delicious opening riff and continuing to keep the audience happy, as did ‘How To Dress’ which was given its second ever live airing tonight; upbeat, and like all their songs, impossible to stop yourself tapping your feet to. We were treated to the final song, a preview of their fourth single (released on February 24), ‘Swim’, with again, a positive vibe and hook, a real message for life: “Live life forever, don’t drown together”. The audience responded with full on applause, highly appreciative of “The Wars” and most likely their complimentary pizza too.

Maguire’s, Liverpool - February 9 2017 - Words/Pictures: Jane Davies

A Live Lounge performance of the song 'Easy' by the band Weekend Wars filmed and recorded at the Elusive Country Club. Published on 17 February 2017

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Published on 22 February 2017 - Lyric video for 4th release 'Swim'!

Published on 17 June 2017 - Weekend Wars - Warrington Music Festival 2017

Weekend Wars - Champagne Eyes (Acoustic) - Liverpool Noise - Published on 5 July 2017
Merseyside band Weekend Wars live at Sort Rehearsal Rooms, Liverpool for Liverpool Noise.
Shot by Georgia Flynn Creative.

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Champagne Eyes

Monday, July 31, 2017. Track Of The Day :: Weekend Wars - Champagne Eyes
Words: Linn Branson

As well as being Track Of The Day, we like this new single 'Champagne Eyes' so much, it has also joined our exclusive 'this is great, mate!' club.

We premiered the last single by St Helens indie pop five-piece Weekend Wars, 'Swim', back in February, and 'Champagne Eyes' - released on July 21 - is also produced by Al Groves (Paris Youth Foundation) at the Motor Museum in Liverpool - and we would say, their best release yet.

Although we're not sure exactly what 'champagne eyes' look like - like some sloshed toff who's overdone the Veuve Clicquot? - its summery melodic vibe, infectiously catchy rhythms and dancy drums - which still give us Viola Beach chills - is "a throwback in a way to when people made sing-along choruses and is what we really had inside our heads at the time", say the band. Vocalist Jack Arnold has one of those voices that sounds familiar yet probably isn't, but which ultimately draws you in.

And if you like the sound, you'll definitely want to see them live, so catch them at one of these upcoming dates:
August 2017
05 Bickerstock Festival, Bickerstaffe, Lancs
10 Castle Hotel, Manchester (w/Delphina Kings)
September 2017
01 Magnet, Liverpool
02 RivFest, Warrington
15 Manchester Club Academy

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Weekend Wars - She (Rivfest17) - TheElusivemedia. Published on 25 September 2017.
Live performance from Rivfest17 in Warrington with the band Weekend Wars. Filmed and mastered by Greg Hay-Moulder, video editing by Zach Hogan.

Weekend Wars - Champagne Eyes. TheElusivemedia. Published on 25 September 2017
Live performance from Rivfest17 in Warrington with the band Weekend Wars. Filmed and mastered by Greg Hay-Moulder, video editing by Zach Hogan.

Weekend Wars- Tonight (Live at Rivfest17)
WeekendWarsUK. Published on 6 October 2017. Directed by Greg Hay-Moulder

Weekend Wars- Swim (Live at Rivfest17)
WeekendWarsUK. Published on 6 Oct 2017
Weekend Wars playing 'Swim'' live, with special guest, Fred Farrell (Satyr Play).
Directed by Greg Hay-Moulder

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Swim

Flaws

Easy

Licences

Standard YouTube Licence
SoundCloud Terms of Use

References/Links
(All links accessed and working on 31 October 2017)

Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
LIMF
Threshold Festival
Weekend Wars crash on to town's music scene (St Helens Star)
Indie band Weekend Wars to cap off busy year (St Helens Star)
Introducing: Delphina Kings, Weekend Wars and Luna Pines (Getintothis)
Little Indie
EGH Radio
The Indiependent

This article was created, compiled and produced by Barry Grady.

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