Weaves announce new album, Wide Open, share lead single, “#53”: Stream

Plus, the indie rock outfit announces North American and European tour dates


Photo by Brendan George Ko

Just a few weeks after Weavesself-titled debut album was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize, the Canadian indie rockers have announced its follow-up. The band’s sophomore record, Wide Open, is set for an October 6th via Buzz Records/Kanine/Memphis Industries.

Weaves refer to the style of the new album as “Americana,” though that doesn’t mean they’ve abandoned their indie punk edge. Instead, the songs take on an expanded sound that seeks to “blow up” singer/songwriter Jasmyn Burke’s personal experiences as they relate to her generation. As she explained in a press statement,

“It felt right to try to represent my own experience in the world while knowing that everyone in my age group is poor or having a tough time with life in one way or another, so I was thinking about how to blow those feelings up into these kinds of songs. Blowing up a regular life into something like an anthem. In a way I was thinking about it like Bruce Springsteen, but in a lot of ways my experience of the world couldn’t be less like Bruce Springsteen’s.”

As a first listen, the band has shared “#53”. Written immediately after the band got off the road with Mitski last fall, the track rides on defiant guitars and a relentless rhythm, the perfect soundtrack for picking yourself up off the ground and planting your feet firmly against the world. “When writing ‘#53’ I let out how I was feeling about a lot of things,” says Burke. “Existing on the road, existing at home, living in a time when a lot of younger people feel helpless — it’s all given me a new vigor and desire to be ferocious with our music.” Take a listen:

Wide Open is available for pre-order here. The album art and tracklist, which includes a song featuring Tanya Tagaq, are below.

Wide Open Artwork:

weaves wide open Weaves announce new album, Wide Open, share lead single, #53: Stream

Wide Open Tracklist:
1. #53
2. Slicked
3. Law and Panda
4. Walkaway
5. La La
6. Wide Open
7. Motherfucker
8. Scream (feat. Tanya Tagaq)
9. Gasoline
10. Grass
11. Puddle

In support of Wide Open, Weaves have expanded their 2017 tour dates with a new round of North American and EU shows. Find their complete schedule below.

Weaves 2017 Tour Dates:
08/05 – Sackville, NB @ SappyFest
08/12 – Hamilton, ON @ Collective Arts Brewing
09/30 – Toronto, ON @ Venus Fest
10/06 – Guelph, ON @ eBar
10/07 – Edmonton, AB @ UPDT Fest
10/10 – Ottawa, ON @ House of TARG
10/11 – Montreal, QC @ Le Ritz
10/13 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
10/15 – Washington, DC @ DC9
10/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
10/20 – Halifax, NS @ Halifax Pop Explosion
10/24 – Oslo, NO @ Revolver
10/25 – Copenhagen DK @ Huset
10/30 – Dusseldorf, DE @ The Tube
10/31 – Hamburg, DR @ Haekken
11/02 – Prague, CZ @ Cross Club
11/03 – Berlin, DE @ Auster Club
11/06 – Vienna, AT @ Chelsea Club
11/08 – Basel, CH @ Kaserne
11/09 – Geneva, CH @ La Makhno
11/10 – Paris, FR @ Espace B
11/11 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
11/13 – Cambridge, UK @ Portland Arms
11/14 – Leicester, UK @ The Musician
11/15 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
11/16 – Leeds, UK @ Oporto
11/17 – Manchester, UK @ Eagle Inn
11/18 – Newcastle, UK @ Think Tank?
11/19 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
11/21 – London, UK @ Oslo
11/22 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store