Weepikes were originally active from 1994 to 1997, and during that time they released two EPs (on the labels Trash Can Records and Bad Vugum, respectively). 13 years later in 2010 the band decided to regroup, and the first three new songs were published as an online-EP in 2012. This EP is the group's first physical release since their regrouping.
The EP opens up with a short and rather lo-fi garage punk/rock-piece that ends to a confusing bit of uproar, and the mixture of underground-musicality, alternative compositional choices and surprising twists stay there for the rest of the record's length. The songs range from melancholic and minimalistic repetition to somewhat pop-sensible noise-rocking and quirky nastiness, and the band seems to be very comfortable with making both musical and very experimental songs.
I have to compliment the band on their boldness; each song seems to have been taken to their full potential and they all hold a lot of nuances, character and variation, and they still come together to create a rather holistic EP. It doesn't make sense to me on paper, but when I'm listening to this record it sucks me in and I don't feel like skipping a song or a section at any point. The sound-structures and atmospheres are deep and truly interesting.
The EP's soundscape is both enchanting and perplexing. One of the guitars is raw and distorted to the point of bordering on noise, whereas the other one is cleaner and focuses more on quirky effects and kraut-action - although these duties are switched here and there. The bass sounds deep, vast and warm, the drums range from sharp and brisk to soft and moody, and the vocals are served as either soft echoed ones or as very distorted and lo-fi speaking. Each of the musicians handle their duties excellently, and the end result is confidently creative and bold. No holding back.
The EP has rather dull cover artwork, but other than that I find it hard to complain about it - unless you want to note the 11-minute remix song that ends the EP, as it indeed stands out from the other tracks in its electronic and almost dancey glory. It's certainly not a bad remix, although it might be a bit too long one in this context... but then again, it's also one more middle finger of confusion directed at the sorry listener trying to understand what s/he's hearing. I found it better to not try to understand this record, but instead to just jump in and feel it.
I'm definitely waiting to hear more from Weepikes.