Places To Go (self-released)
Andy Brown reviews Places To Go for Louder Than War, the debut single by South Yorkshire dreampop outfit Weedipus.
Lockdown hasn’t exactly been a laugh a minute yet art, music and creativity has clearly provided a safety net for many of us. Songwriters Olivia Thawley (vocals/guitar) and Zach Duvall (backing vocals/guitar) live together so as the world plunged into a pandemic, they did the only thing they could and formed a band. They plan to release their debut EP, Demo Tape, by the end of summer.
Forming a band in the midst of a worldwide health crisis can’t be the easiest of things but Weedipus have made a pretty solid start. The track (and upcoming EP) was recorded at home then mixed by Andrey Pavlovic of Allusinlove, the pandemic making the project as DIY as it’s possible to be. Duvall is no stranger to DIY having recorded one of my favourite indiepop albums of 2019 with his other band, Regional Creeps. When everything calms down Giannis Kipreos, Duvall’s songwriting partner in Regional Creeps, will be joining the band on bass duties.
Places To Go drifts in on a bed of MBV fuzz and indiepop sensibilities, the band establishing their shoegaze credentials from the very start. It isn’t easy to make out the words, the song very much thriving on its gorgeous, dreamlike atmosphere. Thawley’s smooth tones are nevertheless essential to the sound, a cool call through the clouds of hazy guitars. Listen carefully and you’ll hear a rather relatable tale, “Locked up inside a tiny hole/ How long we’ll stay here I don’t know”.
The song offers up just the right amount of intrigue for a debut single; a catchy, cool and suitably out-of-focus introduction to a promising new band. We all need a little escapism at the moment and what better way to escape then to immerse yourself in a little bit of lo-fi, DIY dreampop? So, you haven’t managed to bake the perfect banana bread or write a critically lauded, best-selling novel? Nevermind. You can still listen to Places To Go.
Buy the Regional Creeps album Never Gonna Happen on Bandcamp
All words by Andy Brown. You can visit his author profile and read more of his reviews for Louder Than War here