❉ Manchester band branches into new territory with second single.
Manchester band Weimar, a four-piece Art Rock outfit, follow up their critically acclaimed debut single John Doe/Curse the Songs (released back in February 2019) with a new double A-side single, Marvel to the State/Undesirable Master, released on Friday 22 November. Both the new songs feature the guest vocals of Rose Niland, singer with Rose & the Diamond Hand as well as Poppycock. The single will be released digitally on German Shepherd Records, and on CD via Weimar’s own label Marlene’s Hat.
Stylistically, both new songs are significantly different from Weimar’s previous single. Marvel To The State – written as a celebration of female figures throughout history who have stood up in the face of oppressive politics – is a duet between Weimar’s frontman Aidan Cross and Rose Niland, set to a jazz-funk inspired backing, with a more upbeat and ‘pop’-oriented feel than the previous single. Undesirable Master, meanwhile, is a romantic torch song with an ethereal backing vocal from Niland. Both songs are accompanied by promo videos directed by Nikos Pavlou. Niland co-stars in the video for Marvel while the Undesirable Master video guest stars screen thespian Indigo Azidahaka, also vocalist with Granola Suicide.
Weimar debuted on the Northwest underground circuit in late 2017, and after featuring in Louder Than War’s 50 New Bands For 2019, released their debut single John Doe/Curse the Songs in February 2019 to positive critical acclaim and a near-sold out launch gig at The Eagle, Salford.
Their music incorporates a wide range of styles and influences with elements of Post-Punk, Indie, Cabaret, Chanson, Jazz, Funk, Alt Folk and Dark Circus, with lyrics preoccupied with the dark and seedy sides of culture and humanity, frequently drawing inspiration from historical, film and literary sources. Their image and outlook is based around the German Weimar Republic of the 1920s and its philosophy of freedom of creative expression in the face of social and political oppression.
Following their debut single release, Weimar have continued to gig regularly during 2019 as well as working on their debut album, currently being recorded at Vibratone Studios, Manchester and tentatively scheduled for release in spring 2020.
❉ ‘Marvel to the State/Undesirable Master’ released on Friday 22 November, digitally on German Shepherd Records, and on CD via Weimar’s own label Marlene’s Hat: Official Website
❉ News source: Weimar. Header image © Neil Winward Photography
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