Weaves’ sophomore LP, ‘Wide Open,’ was released last October via Buzz Records, Kanine & Memphis Industries, and was hailed as one of the album’s of 2017 when it arrived on the heels of the band’s Polaris Music Prize shortlisted 2016 debut. Now, the band have teamed up with Polaris to release their version of the Arcade Fire’s Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) as part of the SiriusXM Polaris Cover Session series. Watch Weaves in studio performance of the track via YouTube below.
Weaves’ cover is the first of three cover sessions planned for this year’s series, which features past Polaris nominees interpreting songs from albums that have received Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation. Two more Polaris Cover Sessions will be revealed in the coming months, and all three will be pressed on a limited edition 10″ vinyl record that will be free to purchasers of 2018 Polaris nominated albums at participating retail stores starting in July.
Speaking to Noisey Weaves’ Jasmyn Burke elaborated on the band’s decision to cover the track, and her relationship with ‘Funeral’ and the Arcade Fire.
“The Polaris Music Prize had asked us if we were interested in covering a song from their Heritage Albums list and I saw that Arcade Fire’s Funeral was included on the list,” she says. “I guess I immediately gravitated towards wanting to cover one of their songs because I grew up listening to them — seeing them for the first time just opened the gates as far as live music for me. I think “Neighbourhood # 3 (Power Out)” seems more pertinent than ever, so in typical Weaves fashion we spent a weekend working on it and then just went into the studio and recorded it pretty freely. I think this song keeps breathing and growing over time and I guess that’s the magic of revisiting one’s favourite albums.”
‘Wide Open’ is out now via Buzz (Can), Kanine (US) & Memphis Industries (RoW). It is available for purchase here.