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With all that pesky legalisation flying around, it was only a matter of time before a band called Weed cropped up. A crew of four rad guys from Vancouver make up this dopey bundle and their slick, indie-punk act is one you might just get hooked on.

Over the course of the past few years, the guys have released a number of fabulous seven inches which have acquired them a considerable fan following. To add to this, they also have an EP called Gun Control and if that’s not a cool name then I don’t know what is. And just last year, they released their debut album Deserve via Couple Skate Records.

weed bandVancouver based noise band Weed will get you hooked on their brand of sound – disharmonious, loud, and reverb saturated.

Spine-tingling guitar solos are hallmarks of a good rock track and Heal (Deserve, 2013) has this electric solo that is heavy on the distortion. If you were at their concert and happened to be chatting with your best bud or whoever you brought along, then this is the solo that would drag you out of your jabbering and make sure you pay attention. The vocals on this one are fuzzy and distant, as though it’s coming at you through some sort of invisible fabric.

You hear some screaming, and then you and your best bud won’t be able to come to an agreement over what was actually being said, but who cares… as long as it sounds good, right? Using melodies that border on disharmony is a fine, albeit tricky art. There is always the danger of the tune wandering into shitland, but these guys manage just fine. The track is rather retro, which adds to its beauty. The entire album is one hell of a glorious fuzz-fest. Light me up Scotty, for its time to fly with the space cowboys.

At the moment the band are busy promoting their album through a US tour, which they’ve been on since March. They will be touring throughout April and you can find their tour dates here.

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April 24, 2014

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