You might ask: what separates Staying for the Weekend from thousands of other so-called indie bands? Well, what makes them stand apart is what I call a trademark sound, meaning infectious hooks that don’t turn into full-fledged choruses, remaining instead a hint, a tease to the ear. They have melodies that of all sudden swerves to a different direction, riffs that instead of exploding into the bombastic apex you’d expect, implode or morph into something else.
Their songs are simple and direct, yet imbued with an intensity of emotion not often found in modern music (or at least not as genuinely). “Hell No” is that culmination, a record of monumental emotional depth that also manages to genuinely rock.
While listening to the track, it’s apparent that Staying for the Weekend is breaking new ground, opening up their sound and exploring new territory with direct song-writing that packs an emotional punch. If you’re tired of the vacuous music populating today’s airwaves then give “Hell No” a spin.
You can never predict what’s going to be an ear worm. You’re unsuspecting and they sneak up on you. And then, before you know it, it’s taken over. After a few days of listening to “Hell No”, I’ve realized that it’s nearly possessed me.
It’s only when you realize you’re whistling a riff, or humming a vocal line whilst making a coffee, does it dawn on you that it has you in its grasp and there’s no escape. And this is what Staying for the Weekend achieves here, without even trying I think.
Why? Staying for the Weekend inhabit a world of blurred and mixed influences. Are they a rock band? Are they a pop band? Are they an indie band? The correct answer is…all three, again, without even trying. Their songs are driven by Ryan Morris vocals whilst the music is full of flourishes and oddities that are exhilarating and addictive, burrowing their way into your head.
The dirty guitar riffs, courtesy of Kurt Krafft and Carson Mays, the mud-slinging drums by Mac Gibbons and Wade Luplow’s rolling bass, all will entrance you. Yes, I know I already told you, but it’s true, all without even trying. They’re just so damn good. The question is what happens when Staying for the Weekend really starts trying!