Jinx

If you're going to do melancholy, why not do loud melancholy? That seems to be the motto for Weekend, the sad-eyed guitar boys with the incongruously cheery name. They spun heads with their noise-loving debut, but they take a massive jump on Jinx – this isn't just a monster guitar album, it's a monster groove album. Weekend go widescreen with a goth sense of grandeur, as desperate longing rings out over postpunk steel-on-steel rhythm. It adds up to a 46 ­minute buzz, with Shaun Durkan and Kevin Johnson getting vivid emotion out of their guitars. Even if they call one of the best songs "It's Alright," Weekend sound perfect for those late nights when wrong keeps getting wronger.

From The Archives Issue 1188: August 1, 2013