The Weeklings may be based in the United States, but the hearts of this superb rock and roll quartet beat to the sound of The British Invasion, and their souls are sonically inspired by The Beatles. The group features veteran rockers Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger, Joe Bellia and John Merjave, aka Lefty, Zeek, Smokestack and Rocky Weekling. The Weeklings are top-flight interpreters of The Fab Four’s fabled catalog, and also the writers and performers of fantastic original tunes such as “Stop Your Running Around.” Their 2016 release, Studio 2, was produced at that legendary Abbey Road location where the Beatles recorded much of their now legendary music. That extraordinary album, the group’s sophomore release, balanced original tunes like “Little Elvis” with deep cuts from the Lennon-McCartney catalog, including “Love of the Loved,” originally recorded by Cilla Black.
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The band’s latest release, 3, is another excellent collection of rock and roll tunes, featuring wonderful songs like “Baby Let Me Take You Home” and “I Want You Again.” The shimmering production of the disc, and the superb playing by these supremely talented rockers provide the listener with an injection of ear candy that will delight power pop fans. The eleven tracks span the rock and roll spectrum, from the rockabilly-esque “1000 Miles Away,” to the Badfinger-styled “In The Moment.” There’s even a touch of the modern rock sound on “Running Away” and the stellar title track.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Weeklings album without some classic British Invasion tunes, and on 3 you’ll find the band’s very cool version of The Beatles “Baby, You’re A Rich Man” as well as a fantastic cover of The Easybeats classic “Friday On My Mind” featuring guest vocalist Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermit’s. Those two songs alone are worth the price of admission for music acolytes, but the brilliant originals such as the hard-driving rocker “Running Away” and the lovely Raspberries-ish ballad “I Got The Love” are the icing on the cake on this must-have release.
3 is a terrific album that should be spinning on heavy rotation on your music device of choice. This album is an early candidate for one of the top ten power pop releases of the year, so head over to www.weeklings.com or www.jemrecordings.com for more information on the record, as well as the earlier releases by The Weeklings. The band will be on tour this year to support the album, so keep an eye out for live dates in your area by the group, who are well regarded for their energetic live shows. The Weeklings are an outstanding band whose work pays tribute to the classic rock sound while imbuing their sound with a fresh spin that carves out its own niche in today’s music world. So what are you waiting for? Immerse yourself in the magnificent songs of Lefty, Zeek, Smokestack and Rocky as soon as possible!