Saturday night I went to listen to an Indie band; namely Nights and Weekends, for the release of their new CD, below. I’ll be honest, my brother is the drummer so I have always had a skewed opinion of his greatness.
Yet how do I write an objective, truthful review of this band and their magic without already being bias. Then I remembered. The crowd. They confirmed it for me.
Then Saturday, I felt no need to favour this band just because I knew them, rather, was blown away at how far they progressed in talent, and do continually. I could finally listen to on even ground. This I thought would definitely not be my choice in genres but even with all the years between us, I really heard my brother, Davey James for the first time and all three men had me singing along, jumping, clapping and outside myself. It was an escape I haven’t felt in so many years. I let go and was in the creative zone. It inspires me, even now as I am listening to their CD, it inspires my own creativity.
They follow their own rules and use resources not so traditional but rather almost inventive. I do get frustrated they aren’t playing in front of 30,000 fans every night, as they are that good. I realize now they would be if they wanted and agreed to other Industry terms. It won’t be long now, and on their chosen path. And btw the album kicks ass.♠
Brendan Beamish; vocals, guitar Jermaine Hamilton; vocals Davey James; Drums, Brass, harmonica
Okay, I am so mesmerized I must explain this is what Nights and Weekends does for every person who hears them. Me included. But I watched the crowd jumping and singing, the music blasting I could feel the rhythm in my chest, the humour surprising at the least expected times but most of all the synergy. Their ability to all get to a creative zone at the same time.
It’s magical and I do know they are being scouted and it will be them making the decisions, not any label. Just like now, writing, producing and executing their own work. Freedom from rules. Defining their own laws and never asking for permission.
Brendan’s vocals are something out of a choir. His capacity to hold the blues is remarkable and guitar moving right with him never overpowers his strong sound. Just a phenomenal voice and even greater stage presence keeping the crowd wishing they had these capabilities. It quickly becomes very apparent he loves what he does yet his mannerisms hold a humility and rhythm bar none. He is an integral part of the trio, no less no more than the others but integral.
Davey James, may be my brother, but there is no way I could fluff up some story that represented talent if there was none. I know Davey drums as a form of therapy. Nothing heavy just keeping him focused and revealing the direction he needs to go. He has trained extensively and I often listen to drummers in comparison during songs, which are good. I cannot however detail what it is exactly Davey does different to be subtle but solid and tight. His rhythm is natural and plural, it’s obvious. He loves music, bottom line and any passion is addictive. Let me to tell you my favourite instrument he plays, it is the harmonica, I just love when he does both. He plays strings as though caressing a woman, writes, teaches and produces music. Then somehow finds the time to help out new artists or starving artists with direction by sharing his long road of experiences.
He also did it on his own. There was no trust fund, or handouts, no offerings or presents. At one point in Hollywood he was homeless but could drum and in New Orleans he gave me the tours of reminiscent pasts that I will treasure forever. He let me into his world and I learned so much about faith, sacrifice, and honesty. My brother’s grown up, now the first of the three to soon have a child, a girl, and found a soul-mate I just know it, with a wonderful, beautiful and grounded young lady I’ll call Sis.
Davey, thank you for spreading your wisdom in ways we never thought possible.
. Music has truly saved my life, and given me a new found freedom”.
Back to the trio and their newest CD, I will leave links to their website which will direct you to the universe of Nights and Weekends. First lets get some sick lyrics with instrumental leads and have some fun, check it out;
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OFF THE CD-YOU’LL BE HOOKED TOO…….
- Saturday, August 18 2:00 pm
- Nights & Weekends Live On The Lake
- Ontario, Canada (MAP)
- Saturday, August 18 9:00 pm
- Nights & Weekends – Never Let You Down Music Video Shoot
- Ontario, Canada (MAP)
- Saturday, September 1 10:00 pm
- Nights & Weekends Live in Sarina
- Paddy Flahertys: 130 Seaway Road, Sarnia, ON, Canada (MAP)
- Thursday, September 6 9:00 pm
- Nights & Weekends Live @ TIFF 2012
- Arcadian Court: 401 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (MAP)
OH, I suppose this is where I simply tell you the review of Nights and Weekends new CD. Well, best I can tell the one flaw in their unit is they don’t play enough but if this CD does not take them airborne, the next one’s on me, I’m that confident in the success this will bring them. Love you guys
Your biggest fan,