The Weeks headlined the Savannah Stopover 2014 community concert in Ellis Square, and I’ve had their songs running through my head ever since. I’m not the only one: fans who love the band’s fresh take on southern rock are kind of obsessive, but the longhairs from Mississippi still seem destined to get a whole lot more attention than they’ve gotten so far.
Sunday afternoon at Forecastle Festival in Louisville, I found myself standing next to a woman who had The Weeks’ name circled on the schedule in front of her. The band had played an hour earlier, so I asked how she liked the set, which I thought was tremendous. As it turned out, she loved the show but had never heard of The Weeks before. She was surprised that so many in the crowd were singing along to all the songs, but then someone had explained to her that the band was local, which accounted for the enthusiasm.
Of course, The Weeks weren’t local; they’re based in Nashville these days and have not even played Louisville’s larger venues before.
In that Forecastle set, The Weeks played a couple of new tracks off the upcoming Buttons EP: “Book of Ruth” and “Mercury”. Here’s the latter (and if you just let the embed play, you can hear “Buttons”):
The Weeks are in constant motion on stage, which makes getting decent photos a fun challenge. And I wish I had slowed the shutter down a little more to capture more of the blur of movement. Next time, I guess, because I’m sure I will be seeing The Weeks again. Great sound, great look, and they seem like nice people on top of that. A couple of pics here, and lots more after the jump: