Manchester art-rock quartet Weimar presents the single ‘Heaven on High Street East’ with an accompanying video driving home the lyrics. A lush prog indie-folk ballad, this is a Kitchen Sink Drama exploring abusive relationships in suburbia, and the vapid existence of the perpetrators of domestic abuse.
“This song also specifically explores the contrast between real life and the sanitized, sugar-coated and idealized version of reality depicted on social media, and how this is used to intensify the psychological torment and gaslighting prevalent in abusive relationships. From its lush beginnings to its intense finale, ‘Heaven On High Street East’ is a brutal exposition of the grim reality behind the net curtains of suburbia and the superficial facade presented by social media,” says Weimar frontman Aidan Cross.
This is the latest taster from the band’s debut album ‘Dancing On a Volcano’, out now via German Shepherd Records. Here are 12 tracks (three years in the making), which take the listener on an unpredictable excursion through the socio-political and personal challenges of our modern age.
Formed in 2016, Weimar is made up of vocalist-guitarist-songwriter Aidan Cross (The Bacillus, Black Light Mutants), bassist John Armstrong (The Speed Of Sound), drummer Anthony ‘Eddy’ Edwards (The Deceased) and guitarist Stephen Sarsen (Frank Is Dead, Playground).
Recently, Weimar shared ‘Soho Rain’ featuring Leeds’ artist Finola, a single dedicated to London’s Soho district, and ‘I Smashed The Looking Glass’, exploring the interrelationship between an artist’s true self and their public persona. Cynical and sardonic, but also optimistic and hopeful, this song features label mate Loop-Aznavour of Adventures of Salvador on theremin. Earlier this year, Weimar also released the single ‘The Girls of LA’ / ‘Transatlantic Confusion’.
Embracing a blend of post-punk, no wave, cabaret, psychedelia, alternative folk and gothic rock, this album was produced by Adam Crossley and Chris Guest of Vibratone Sound Studio. The cover art was created by acclaimed artist and writer Brian Gorman.
Louder Than War named Weimar amongst its 50 Bands To Watch for 2019, when they debuted the single ‘John Doe / Curse the Songs’, followed by ‘Marvel To The State / Undesirable Master’. Having worked with legendary producer Simon ‘Ding’ Archer, they’ve also played with Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets) and goth legends Skeletal Family.
The ‘Dancing On A Volcano’ LP is available everywhere via German Shepherd Records, including Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp. It was also released on CD and can be ordered directly from the artist.