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Watch The Superweaks play a game of cat-and-mouse in “Glowing”

The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Earlier this… weak (I’m sorry), The Superweaks debuted a new video for “Glowing” off of their wonderful 2016 record Better Heavens. The video finds the locals on another adventure through the Pennsylvania wilderness, as the band chases vocalist Evan Bernard with some cans of Coors while he takes some clothed showers. Yeah, that sums it up pretty well.

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The Superweaks kick 2016 to the curb (literally) in new “No Sorrow” video

The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

After releasing a second full-length with Better Heavens last year, The Superweaks are moving forward with a collaborative EP featuring Modern Baseball and Thin Lips. The trio of local acts, who will soon be trekking across Europe and the UK together for about a month, each contributed a new single to the split (check out Thin Lips’ “Not Losing Sleep” here) and The Superweaks’ cut “No Sorrow” was unveiled this week via a new video directed by Adam Peditto.

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Join The Superweaks on a journey of healing on their new LP Better Heavens

The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

It’s been tough year for Philadelphia hard-rock outfit The Superweaks. Bassist Corey Bernard, the brother of vocalist/guitarist Evan Bernard and dear friend to the rest of the band passed away last May at the age of 22. Despite this, the group continued on writing their LP Better Heavens released via Lame-O Records, which is dedicated to Corey and finally dropped on November 4th. The boys of the band did an early electronic release of the LP on October 30th, what would have been Corey’s 23rd birthday. The album can be purchased physically and digitally through Lame-O Records.

The twelve-track record delivers big time: alluring riffs and captivating lyrics persist throughout the album. These familiar aspects of each song draw listeners in, but what makes us stay is the candid way that the band incorporates discussions of depression, loss and attempted escapes from reality into each track. (UPDATE: The band says, via Twitter, “.@TheKeyXPN wrote a lovely article about our new album ‘Better Heavens.’ To clarify though, Corey passed after the album was completed.” They added, “.@TheKeyXPN it is lovely that you get that sentiment from those lyrics. It’s eerie how the meaning of songs can change to fit experiences.”)

The record opens with the introspective track “Paralyzed” that acts as a feeble attempt to motivate both the band and listeners to “Get off your ass / Just do what you enjoy” in the wake of tragedy set to heavily distorted guitar that dominates the background. The LP continues on to “Run Away,” a track expressing the need to breakaway from everything that is holding you down in life. The boys released a video that depicts the struggle of a teenaged girl trying to do just that, in a much more literal way, in which she fights with her dad and runs away from home. The video premiered on the same day as the record release, and you can watch it below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Superweaks at Kung Fu Necktie, Purling Hiss at Johnny Brenda’s and The B-52s at The Fillmore

The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Join The Superweaks tonight at Kung Fu Necktie for their album release show.  The LP, Better Heavens, is a dedication to their late bassist Corey Bernard and is slated to drop on November 4th via Lame-O Records. Fellow Philly-based bands Thin Lips, Sun Organ and Three Man Cannon will be joining them. For more information on this all ages show check out the WXPN Concert Calendar. You can watch the video for “I’ll See Myself out,” a track off Better Heavens by the Superweaks. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: The Superweaks get to the gig in the “I’ll See Myself Out” video

The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

The Superweaks are back with a new video for another track off of Better Heavens, the band’s sophomore LP that’s set for release on November 4th via Lame-O Records. “I’ll See Myself Out” was directed by local photo/videographer Emily Dubin and follows a recently-shared clip for the album’s title track.

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Watch a music video for “Better Heavens,” the new song from The Superweaks

The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

The Superweaks have had a difficult year; in the midst of writing and recording their latest LP, bassist Corey Bernard passed away suddenly at age 22. The Philly DIY scene stalwarts, co-fronted by Bernard’s older sibling Evan as well as Chris Baglivo, persevered in the face of the tragedy, and the resulting LP Better Heavens is a dedication to their dear friend and brother.

The record is out on November 4th by local label Lame-O records, and its album artwork incorporates old drawings done by Corey. Today, the band premiered the video for the title track over at Brooklyn Vegan. It’s rages like only The Superweaks can rage: a little bit Get Up Kids, a little bit Queen, and its lyrics address candidly confront cycles of depression. It’s a topic that’s been in the music conversation quite a bit this week, care of Kid Cudi and Danny Brown, and it’s a topic we should all feel comfortable opening up about. Continue reading →

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The Superweaks bass player Corey Bernard passes away at 22

On Sunday morning, local musician Corey Bernard passed away suddenly at 22. The New Jersey native and multi-instrumentalist spent the last few years playing bass in The Superweaks alongside his brother, Evan.

The announcement came from Evan via The Superweaks’ Facebook page. He wrote:

My baby brother, our bass player Corey passed away today. I loved him so much. It was incredible to be able to write music with him, play unbelievable shows with our favourite bands we could only dream of as children. I will always cherish spending countless hours bickering and farting in the van driving around the country. I will never, ever forget the experiences we have shared. Thank you for always challenging me to be a better person. I will always love you Corey.

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Lame-O Records releases inaugural sampler featuring Modern Baseball, Lithuania, The Superweaks and more

 

Modern Baseball | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
Modern Baseball | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Lame-O Records is one of Philadelphia’s best up-and-coming punk rock independent record labels. The label – which put out this year’s Bad Year by The Superweaks, Hardcore Friends from Lithuania, and Tropical Depression from Steady Hands – has just put out their eleventh release of the year, a 2015 sampler. The 12-track sampler includes tracks from current roster artists such as Modern Baseball, Year of Glad, Three Man Cannon, and Lowercase Roses as well as from newer “bands you didn’t even know were Lame-O bands!” Continue reading →

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The Lame-O’s make their recorded debut, and it’s a ton of fun

The Lame-O’s | photo via theamazinglameos.bandcamp.com

Philly label Lame-O Records has become a local fixture since it was founded in 2012, and now there’s a band that shares its name. The Lame-O’s are a local supergroup of sorts — its members include Modern Baseball‘s Ian Farmer, Lame-O founder Eric Osman who also plays in Cherry, and Evan Bernard of The Superweaks. As if these three guys weren’t busy enough with their main gigs, they somehow found time to write and record a 5-track EP under the new moniker, and the self-titled release is out now on Bandcamp. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball is playing its last shows for the forseeable future: three nights at Union Transfer this fall

Modern Baseball
Modern Baseball | Photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

UPDATE 2:27 p.m. As Brendan Lukens tweeted this afternoon, these shows are the band’s last for the forseeable future.

Philly indie rock darlings Modern Baseball have been on hiatus since the winter – and today, we’re happy to report that they’ll return to the stage for a three-night stand at Union Transfer. This comes on the heels of its stint backing Daniel Johnston at The Tower in October — the band and friends will headline on Friday, October 13th Saturday October 14th and Sunday October 15th. Tickets are on sale now at Union Transfer’s website, and will probably sell out mad fast, so act quick.

Seriously, though, this is going to be huge. People are going to travel for it. It effectively makes up for missed opportunities to see the band when its touring plans earlier this year fell apart. Continue reading →