There’s a lot to say for a city like Manchester, which managed to produce many of the best artists of the past 50 years and there are today, still a whole lot of artists who continue to tell the story – through their music – about how cool Britain’s northern capital truly is. One such band is Weimar, who release their new single ‘Soho Rain’ today, a timely preview of their forthcoming debut album ‘Dancing On a Volcano’. This collection of 12 tracks present an eclectic range of styles and moods, the album will be released on June 24th via German Shepherd Records, following the 2-track single ‘The Girls of LA’ and the infectious B-side ‘Transatlantic Confusion’.
A wistful torch ballad paying homage to a district of London, whose former culture has been long eroded. The song features a guest appearance on sax by rising Leeds-based artist Finola. Inspired by the real-life stories of former Soho sex workers, it carries a strong message of inner reslilience and the ability to overcome hardship, addiction and personal struggle. This is also an affectionate homage to the dying culture of old Soho and the many artistic and cultural movements that emerged from London’s seediest square mile.
Weimar (pronounced Vy-marr) is a four-piece made up of vocalist/ guitarist / songwriter Aidan Cross (The Bacillus, Black Light Mutants), bassist John Armstrong (The Speed Of Sound), drummer Anthony ‘Eddy’ Edwards (The Deceased) and guitarist Stephen Sarsen (Frank Is Dead, Playground).
“Soho Rain explores themes of nostalgia for the bygone past amidst gentrification and cultural erosion, and heartache, loss and love within the seedy backstreets of the urban metropolis – themes recurrent throughout Weimar’s album. The lyrics tell of a former Soho sex worker’s visit to her old haunting ground as the neighbourhood is slowly gentrified, reflecting on the hardship she faced during her years in the sex trade, the strength she subsequently gained and how the experience shaped the person she is today,” says Aidan Cross.
Produced by Adam Crossley and Chris Guest of Vibratone Sound Studio, the cover art for this single was created by acclaimed artist and writer Brian Gorman. The art-rock quartet’s output embraces post-punk to no wave, cabaret, psychedelia, alternative folk and gothic rock, blended in a distinctive fusion.
Since forming in 2016 and hitting the live circuit, Louder Than War named Weimar amongst its 50 Bands To Watch for 2019, the year they debuted the single ‘John Doe / Curse the Songs’, followed by ‘Marvel To The State / Undesirable Master’. Having worked with legendary post-punk producer Simon ‘Ding’ Archer, they’ve also played with Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets) and goth legends Skeletal Family.
‘Dancing On A Volcano’ takes the listener on an unpredictable excursion with songs exploring socio-political and personal challenges of our modern age, with themes ranging from gentrification and cultural erosion, unsavoury characters masquerading as respectable public figures, the grit beneath the glamour of society, the contrast between polished façades and the decadence within. Through its maelstrom of musical styles and influences, this album paints a brutal and honest picture of human nature and culture in the context of the 2020s.
On June 3rd, ‘Soho Rain’ will be available exclusively via Bandcamp, where the ‘Dancing On A Volcano’ LP (out June 24th) can be pre-ordered. It will be released everywhere, including Spotify and Apple Music via German Shepherd Record and also on CD via Marlene’s Hat Records.
Written by John Armstrong, Aidan Cross, Anthony Edwards, Stephen Sarsen, Johann Kloos
Produced, mixed & mastered by Adam Crossley and Chris Guest
Recorded at Vibratone Sound Studio, Manchester
Cover Art by Brian Gorman
John Armstrong – Bass
Aidan Cross – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Anthony ‘Eddy’ Edwards – Drums
Johann Kloos – Lead Guitar
Bob Dinn – Trumpet and flugelhorn (‘The Sociopath’)
Finola – Saxophone (‘Soho Rain’, ‘Polished Decay’, ‘Hunter’s Moon’)
Chris Guest – Keyboards (‘Soho Rain’, ‘Faded Queen Of The Night’)
Loop-Aznavour – Theremin (‘I Smashed The Looking Glass’)
Susan O’Shea – Keyboards (‘The Hangers-On’)