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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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.
Sure, maybe you aren’t going to attend all 17 shows we’re recommending this week — that would be an impressive feat. But with a variety of sounds from roots to retro rock to indie rock to jazz to punk to global folk fusion, you’ve got no excuse for not seeing at least once concert in the next seven days. Read on for our recommendations. Continue reading →
On a summer night in 2014, Zoe Allaire Reynolds was driving from Tennessee back home to Philadelphia with a carful of people she didn’t really know.
Reynolds hadn’t released any music as Kississippiyet, but that night, as she often does, she put what was going on in her head into words. She wrote about that specific moment in time, about who was with her and who wasn’t: “In the backseat of Max’s car / Philadelphia gobbles up the stars / A thousand miles from where you are.”
These lyrics would become the song “Googly Eyes,” which would later appear on Kississippi’s first EP, 2015’s We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed. Continue reading →