Philadelphia band The Weeds have released their first video for their final album, What Was and Will Never Be. “The Dead” is gorgeous, with a sort of paradoxical lush austerity in the way that lead singer Emily Zeitlyn’s vocals constantly edge up to hints of boiling over before retracting into a more disciplined assault.
The Weeds released their first LP, The Far Away Flying of Broken Beating, in 2004. They were Zeitlyn, guitarist Devin Greenwood, guitarist Colin Boylan and drummer Bobby Wolter. Wolter, who also played with Love Syndicate and REDFORD, passed away in 2009 after a long battle with cystic fibrosis.
“All the basic tracks were recorded in the fall of 2007, so every drum there is [Bobby], “ says Zeitlyn. “And then it took a lot of time to finish it for lots of different reasons besides the fact that he passed away. There was money and childcare and [Greenwood] moved to New York. It took a long time. It was kind of the project that haunted me for years.”
Wolter did get to hear the basic tracks.
“And the last time we played together was a fundraiser for this album,” says Zeitlyn. “I think it was one of the last shows he played.”
The band quietly released their final album with a house concert in January.
Now, Zeitlyn can be found fronting The Divers, a more smoke-and-sequins affair and, in our opinion, one of Philadelphia’s best new rock bands. You can catch them tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, where they’re opening up for the Auctioneers. TARA MURTHA