Dead Beat Creep, Weeknight’s powerful follow-up to 2014’s debut Post-Everything, is imbued with timeless beauty. Haunting harmonies, heavy heartbeat rhythms, trance-inducing synths, and lush guitars all coalesce into a tidal force of passion and sorrow, determination and despair. This accomplished sophomore effort presents co-singers and songwriters Andy Simmons and Holly MacGibbon standing in resistance to the fleeting, oversaturated state of contemporary music, offering up a meaningful, lasting, genre-defying alternative: a dark, romantic rock sound with solid pop songwriting at its heart.
After playing hundreds of shows in support of Post-Everything—including tours with Phantogram, Bear in Heaven, Frankie Rose, Moonface, School of Seven Bells, and Crystal Stilts—longtime partners and co-founding band members Andy and Holly returned to their Brooklyn home and hit the ground running. Dead Beat Creep was written in the couple’s Bushwick home studio, right around the corner from Birdy’s, the bar they opened together in 2015.
In January of 2017—a winter bleak not just for its cold weather, but for its post-2016-election stupor and malaise—they welcomed two new bandmates: bass guitarist Russell Hymowitz and drummer Jasper Berg, and took to the intimate studio House Under Magic with co-producer and engineer, Danny Taylor, to record the album over the course of two months. “We decided to give ourselves some limitations: We would only use analog gear and we would only write parts that we would be able to play live,” said Andy.
From post-2016 election disillusionment to deeply personal loss and despair, the heart-swelling songwriting powers through on every track. “Holes In My Head” was written for Holly’s father, who passed away in 2017 after a decade’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. “It was written from his perspective, and says what I imagined he would have wanted to say to me if he was able to,” said Holly.
Another standout track, “Golden Young” is an exploration of personal relevance. “As humans, it’s difficult to feel like we’re contributing, especially with the state of the world as it is. As artists, it’s even more difficult. Every second, there’s the hot new song from the hot new band that no one will care about five minutes from now. This song speaks to the decline of importance we struggle with everyday,” Andy and Holly said.
Even with their analog-over-digital execution and, artistically, drawing from a deep wellspring of timeless pop and rock heritage, Dead Beat Creep is an album truly of the moment: both a statement of resilience and an emotional refuge. In these harrowing times, Weeknight stand firm in their resolve to create beauty in the void.
Leslie Cuc leslie@tellallyourfriendspr.
Kevin Grossi keving@tellallyourfriendspr.