The Lost Weekend is a rock band based out of Connecticut that formed in the summer of 2013. Unfortunately I don’t even know who is in the band. They released a fourteen-song album entitled Denial. The band has pointed to post-punk bands as well as artists influenced by those artists as their influences. For example Joy Division and Interpol.They also point to bands like The Smiths and The Cure. These influences are obvious on a per song basis even if you weren’t told that.
For example whoever is singing either sounds like Paul Banks/Ian Curtis or Morrisey quite often. Between the two bands The Smiths is more noticeable. Some of the songs like “Nothing Concrete” sound eerily similar to The Smiths. I think that’s undeniable.
Truth be told those are fantastic bands to be influenced by. The Lost Weekend has done their homework. That being said The Smiths are one of the most influential bands in the last fifty years. Plenty of artists like Wild Nothing have taken that noticeable influence and crafted something into their own style. The Lost Weekend seem to still be figuring it out at times.
One of the highlights is the reverb-laced “Repeater.” The song is basically atmosphere but the vocals were delivered just about perfectly for the song. “Alprazolam” features some solid songwriting although the inflection in the singer’s voice is almost identical to Paul Banks at times.
Suffice it to say The Lost Weekend wear their influences on their sleeves. I can forgive this because of some of the songwriting and delivery but the band should be cognizant of this fact. The one thing I have to mention is the way the band starts this LP. They start with a three-and-a- half minute experimental sound piece that is in no way indicative of anything else on this album.
We live in a day and age where if someone does decide to give your band a chance they will check out the first song and if they don’t like it they will move on. I’m in no way saying this song was bad (In fact, I really enjoyed it) but it will in no way represent the sound that is on the thirteen other songs. You need to catch someone's attention fast these days with a song that best represents the band's sound, not a far departure.
Overall, Denial is far from perfect but the band has some talent in a number of different areas. If they want to stick this thing out they are going to have push their idols aside and start digging deeper.
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