Coming from Vancouver – home of indie underground legends such as White Lung, Japandroids and The New Pornographers, Weed have outdone themselves with their latest, and last creation, ‘Born Wrong Love’. It’s a release that offers a noticeable improvement from the dejected vibes found throughout their sophomore LP, ‘Running Back’.
The slow-core underdogs’ discography spans the course of six years with a career lasting eight and having signed to Smoking Room Records, the band have had the chance to network and borrow from acts that are supposedly like themselves, fuzzy and harsh.
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With vocal lines that resemble the soft and drowsy Seahaven and instrumental standards that pay tributes to the likes of old school Brand New and Title Fight, it is clear that the bands third studio album, ‘Born Wrong Love,’ is an effort for the band to end their career on a high. This they have achieved, simply from the nostalgic ambiances that are released throughout the entirety of the record, which takes listeners back five years to the time when post-punk and slow-core were at their peak – a peak which eventually collapsed into a creative mind block, resulting in a loss of individuality.
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Feedback and DIY guitar tones drive Weed’s latest record. Tracks such as the slick, melodic and minor ridden ‘Leash’ cause eruptions of wretchedness, bouncing from wall to wall with its low-fi guitar distortion. Smash those symbols and give us the stomp! ‘Favourite Hate’, the band’s first single from ‘Born Wrong Love’ is short lived but creative. ‘Typical’ is almost an ode to the British modern grunge giants, Basement, due its heavy dissonance and effortlessness ease.
‘Born Wrong Love’ is an LP that offers a fitting goodbye for the group. While the genre may be stale Weed certainly offered a fresh take on proceedings and this album is certainly a fitting epitaph.
‘Born Wrong Love’ is out now via Smoking Room Records