LA’s purveyors of post-punk-dub, WEAVE!, are set to release their “New Funk Romance” EP on July 24. There is a rough, unpolished edge to WEAVE!’s sonic aesthetic, a fusion of the melodic with raw, unvarnished energy. Those fans of early UK post-punk (Gang of Fire, Wire, Adam & The Ants, Bow Wow wow) and dub (Slits) will be well-nourished by the group’s aural ramblings. The music could easily descend into an incoherent melange, but WEAVE! always seems to ride the knife’s edge and rescue their songs from merely existing as artifacts of amplified sound.
The single “Don’t Yvonne” is the sentinel of this style, but opening track “Calypso” is a far more satisfying example of the product WEAVE! is selling. With tracks like “Forsaken” and “G Is For Gangsta” one is able to experience the tumult that must infect the daily existence of ADD-raddled youth.
“H (heart) H,” the EP closer, hints at a greater interest in melody that might well be refined in future releases.
Stream the single “Don’t Yvonne” below and head over to the Neurotic Yell Records Bandcamp page to preview the EP.