Hands On The Radio - The Weeks
Our next LCM featured band The Weeks have been described as high-energy, rowdy, raucous, longhair Mississippi glam rock. Hailing originally from Jackson this great four-piece is now based in Nashville. Big thanks to our friend Dave Postal at Laurel Canyon Radio in LA for the recommendation. Our LCM #SongOfTheDay is a live version of 'Hands On The Radio' taken from their 2017 sophomore album 'Easy'. The video was filmed at the Paste Studios in New York.
The band will be on a UK tour in July with their London date at The Garage on the 20th.
"We moved to Nashville in 2010," remembers frontman Cyle Barnes, who formed the band in Jackson, Mississippi, with his three longtime bandmates: drummer (and twin brother) Cain Barnes, guitarist Sam Williams, and bass player Damien Bone. "We spent 2011 to 2015 touring. November 2015 was the first time we ever spent an entire month in Nashville."
Those years on the road were eye-opening for The Weeks, all of whom were just teenagers when they began playing together in 2006. By their early 20s, the guys were touring Europe with Kings of Leon, promoting the newly-released 'Dear Bo Jackson' in front of 20,000 people each night. Back in America, The Weeks continued playing their own club shows, too. The experience taught them how to bridge the gap between arena shows and smaller gigs. In short, it taught them how to be themselves, no matter the audience.
Appropriately, 'Easy' consolidates the band's strengths. While the songs on 2013's 'Dear Bo Jackson' were thick with horn arrangements, strings, and guest appearances, Easy is a leaner, louder beast. The Weeks began working on its 11 tracks after returning home from a long tour and taking some time to rest, reflect, and regroup. Newly energized, they began writing songs at Sam and Damien's home in Nashville, with Cyle and Williams splitting the bulk of the songwriting duties. The whole process relied on collaboration, with the full band fleshing out the newer songs.
"Everyone would come to the house, make food, hang out, and play music 'til four in the morning," Williams remembers. "We wrote 25 songs, then picked our favorites for the final tracklist.