This week, Weaves closed out the Polaris Prize Gala with a powerful performance of Scream featuring their fellow nominee Tanya Tagaq, an as yet unreleased song from their forthcoming sophomore LP Wide Open. Now, the band have shared the official version of the track along with its video. The song is the third single from the LP (due out October 6th via Buzz Records, Kanine & Memphis Industries), following the anthemic #53 and Walkaway, and is a dramatic departure from those initial offerings. Watch the Scream video via YouTube below.
Despite being longtime friends this is the first collaboration between Tagaq and Weaves’ lead singer Jasmyn Burke, and their warped duet, which builds from a slinking, minimal opening toward an arresting and searingly intense peak, likely constitutes Weaves’ wildest recording to date. Beginning with Burke’s stark declaration that “we are living in a time when misery is just common circumstance,” the song is both a personal statement and a ferocious rebuke to the societal forces that seek to erase and undermine marginalized voices.
“I almost don’t think of ‘Scream’ as a song, it’s like a sculpture in the middle of the album, sticking out poking people like a 3D installation,” says Burke.
“The initial demo was just one guitar riff and me hitting my pant leg really hard and the loop just stirred up some sort of emotional whirlwind in my mind. I think everyone is having a hard time processing what’s happening right now and I started thinking about how some people hate or want to harm me because of my physical appearance, and that made me want to write something about loving yourself.
“On tour we meet so many people, and often I meet young girls and women of colour who say they’ve never seen someone that looks like them represented in a rock band. I just wanted to say, ‘hey, we’re here, we’re strong and we deserve to see ourselves reflected more often in the world.’ Female identifying people regardless of race are not just one person — we have different ideals, passions, friends etc. and yet we get pigeon-holed or are systemically dismissed and treated as less.
“This song came out of my heart. The band and Tanya elevated it in a way that’s just real and raw. It’s definitely an experience.”
In conjunction with the release of the album Burke has announced her own line of lipstick, also called Wide Open. It was born from Burke’s struggle to find makeup that suits her skin tone and her unconventional personal style, and her desire to create something for “the tom-boys, shy weirdos, non-binary people and people of colour who sometimes feel invisible in the mainstream.” The lipstick will be available as part of a preorder package with the LP (linked here), on its own online after October 6th, and at shows on Weaves’ upcoming tour, full details of which can be found below.
‘Wide Open’ is due out October 6th via Buzz (Can), Kanine (US) & Memphis Industries (RoW). It’s available for preorder here.
09/30 Toronto, ON, Venus Fest
10/06 Guelph, ON, eBar
10/07 Edmonton, AB, UPDT Fest
10/08 Hamilton, ON, Mills Hardware
10/10 Ottawa, ON, House of TARG
10/11 Montreal, QC, Le Ritz
10/12 Burlington, VT, ArtsRiot #
10/13 Boston, MA, Middle East Upstairs #
10/14 Philadelphia, PA, Boot & Saddle #
10/15 Washington, DC, DC9 #
10/17 Brooklyn, NY, Rough Trade #
10/20 Halifax, NS, Halifax Pop Explosion
10/24 Oslo, NO, Krosset
10/25 Copenhagen DK, Huset
10/27 Amsterdam, NL, London Calling Fest
10/30 Cologne, DE, Underground
10/31 Hamburg, DR, Haekken
11/02 Prague, CZ, Cross Club
11/03 Berlin, DE, Auster Club
11/06 Vienna, AT, Chelsea Club
11/08 Basel, CH, Kaserne ~
11/09 Geneva, CH, La Makhno
11/10 Paris, FR, Espace B
11/11 Brussels, BE, Botanique
11/13 Cambridge, UK, Portland Arms
11/14 Leicester, UK, The Musician
11/15 Glasgow, Scotland, King Tuts
11/16 Leeds, UK, Oporto
11/17 Manchester, UK, Eagle Inn
11/18 Newcastle, UK, Think Tank?
11/19 Birmingham, UK, Hare & Hounds
11/20 Bristol, UK, Crofters Rights
11/21 London, UK, Oslo
11/22 Brighton, UK, Green Door Store
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