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EP Review: Better Health by The Weekend Classic

Alt rock trio The Weekend Classic release their new EP Better Health on 6th April via Rude Records. A bit of background (from their press release), formed in 2012, The Weekend Classic used their quintessential high school years to develop, practice, and fine-tune their sound. They soon began booking and playing shows around the Midwest with acts like Fossil Youth, Life Lessons, and Hold Close. However, it wasn’t until 2016 that the band would see their hard work and do-it-yourself mentality truly pay off after applying to the PLAY Warped Tour Program (formerly Ernie Ball Battle of The Bands). Beating out over 11,000 bands, The Weekend Classic was selected to play the Indianapolis date of the Vans Warped Tour because of their unique crass, yet heartfelt, three-part vocals and brain-tickling riffs.

Following their successful summer, the band released their debut EP, When You Had Nothing, in fall of 2016, which was produced by Seth Henderson (Real Friends, Knuckle Puck) and mastered by John Naclerio, featuring lead single “Tethered” with guest vocals by Joe Taylor of Knuckle Puck. Shortly after, the band returned to the studio and released their EP, More Alive, which was produced by Chad Gilbert (of New Found Glory), engineered by Ryan Key (of Yellowcard), and mixed by Jon Howard (formerly of Paramore).

With that background considered, The Weekend Classic sound exactly how you’d expect. Big rock with emo and pop punk tinges thrown into the mix. While it’s a strong six track EP, you get the feeling that the band have fallen into the trap of sounding like every other American alt rock band.

It’s a strange one to review, all six tracks are good, but they could be attributed to any number of American Midwestern bands. There’s nothing to make them stand out. What the band may lack in originality they make up for in passion. It comes through, sum what ironically, in ‘Room To Grow’.

You’ll enjoy the EP, it’s genuinely strong. You just can’t help but feel if the band where more open to explore their potential this could have been something so much better.

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