Weirds – The Boileroom, Guildford – 03/04/2017 – LIVE REVIEW & GRAB BAG

Weirds, The Boileroom, Guildford, 03/04/2017, Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

Shortly after announcing that their debut album, SWARMCULTURE, will be released on May 26th, Leeds psych-grunge quartet, Weirds, set off on a tour of the UK, unleashing their intense soundscapes across the country including Guildford’s Boileroom.

Acclaimed for their hardworking nature, Weirds have maintained a strong hands-on approach, creating their own zines and orchestrating their own shows. It’s a tactic that will finally pay off as their long awaited debut is incoming.

The album, hailed as ‘an escapist and mesmerising experience’, has been delayed, but that’s practically par for the course for a band that evidently pays  meticulous attention to detail.

Every facet of Weirds’ output has clearly been carefully considered, resulting in an end product rich in meaning and deeply intriguing.

Their album artwork, for example, features a stunning image of a Costa Rican Palm Viper owned by Steve Ludwin who is known for being the lead singer of Little Hell and also for regularly injecting himself with dangerous levels of snake venom in part to assess its impact on the human body.

Weirds’ live show is  evidently no exception, proving to be every bit as gripping and powerful in it’s impact.

On stage, the contrast between colourful ‘kaleidoscope’ sounds, chaste lyrics and severe messages is almost visible.

New single Phantom is a prime example of this battle so it naturally formed the concept for the video as lead singer, Aidan Razzall explained:

“Phantom is probably the poppiest and most colourful track we’ve written, so it was a conscious decision to create a tension in the video between the psychedelic sonic world and the stark, brutal vision one.”

Weirds, The Boileroom, Guildford, 03/04/2017, Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

Aside from an already noted attention to detail the most striking part of Weirds live performance is it’s intensity.

Passion is not something this band are short of and, in much the same way that they engage with the pressing issues surrounding our society, Razzall engaged with the crowd – with full force, filled with feeling and with unavoidable alacrity.

It’s all enough to make the debut release an exciting one but in a bizarre series of events, with SWARMCULTURE, just around the corner, Weirds lost control of their Facebook page.

In an industry where social media has become a key component for exposure, this had the potential to be catastrophic.

Instead, the band has seen an outpour of support from their fans, who all recognise that SWARMCULTURE will be a significant social commentary that Weirds will carry with sincerity.