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Piece of Mind

by The Weary Times

The Weary Times are a Vintage Rock 'n' Roll & Blues band from Boise, ID.
Genre: Blues: Dirty Blues
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The Weary Times is set to release their debut self-titled album, The Weary Times on July 19th, 2019. The ambitious 13 song set was produced by lead singer & songwriter Ryan Curtis with help from the album’s engineer Nathan Barns at Osmosis Studios -Boise, ID and Tom Meyers who mixed the record at Ground Control Recording in Seattle, WA.

Steeped in Vintage Blues and early Rock ‘n’ Roll, the new record showcases the band’s wide ranging sound, ironed out over years playing bar-to-bar across Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. The lead-off single “Best for You” is a soulful garage rocker, with Farfisa keys and a big, wall of sound chorus, filled with echo and early 60’s fuzz. Juxtapose that with do-wop cuts like “Why are you so Lonely” and “Give & Take”, both interesting & darker takes on the staple format of the tender 1950's love song. “I’m far too old to leave a good looking corpse, but I ain’t young enough to change course” Curtis sings in "Give & Take", a lonely hearts ballad of an aging loner looking back on his wasted youth.

“Hard Times” originally released as single in 2018 and “Piece of Mind” show a more soulful side of the band. They also showcase keys player Michael Swain’s retro electric piano and overdriven Wurlitzer organ, distinct vintage sounds that are all over the record. Also, ever present is lead guitar player, Michael Simon’s, slow hand playing style reminisce of the British blues rock movement of the mid-sixties. He comes front in center on the album’s bluesier cuts like “I Don’t Know Why", “Anymore”, and “I ain’t Done Drinking”.

The album also contains a couple odd balls, “I Swore” a surf punk number that shouldn’t, but somehow make perfect sense on the album. Curtis along with half of The Weary Times cut their teeth in punk bands as teenagers and you can catch those roots sneaking though in the sing along “ohhs” of the chorus. The album’s closer, “Way Down” is easily the most unique sounding cut on the record. The song starts a slow burning, minor blues crawl with Curtis’, Waits-like rasp, intensified by weeping steel guitar, cello, and Swain’s down right spooky piano work. As the song hits the 2 minute mark the drums come roaring in for an instrumental jam, uniquely textured and diverse as the record itself.

The Weary Times got its start four years ago, when Curtis’ former band, alt-country outfit, Curtis/Sutton & Scavengers was on a break prior to releasing their second record. Hungry to pick up some shows he connected with keyboardist, Mike Swain in hopes of putting together a solo project for fun and occasional gigs. The two hit it off right away and as each additional player was added to the mix, the small side project quickly turned into the main outlet for Curtis’ writing. The band finally made it into the studio in early 2018 and their long awaited debut exceeds the hype for this indie-super group of the local Boise music scene.



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