Like many kids growing up in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I concede to having fallen directly into the pop/punk and pop/rock trends at the time and have never backed down from admiring that sound ever since.
There’s a specific playful edge to the music of the entire scene that doesn’t come without a thoughtful introspection. It still comes straight from the gut just like the original rock that’s gone on to become a legendary fixture in music history, but it has a particular modern charm that’s inescapable for many.
Thankfully, bands like Paramore and Tonight Alive have paved the way for the modern female-fronted pop/rock band with punk tendencies to really sink their teeth into the industry, and City of the Weak is no different in that respect. It’s the striking asperity in their delivery that they bring to the tried-and-true scene, though, that makes them particularly compelling.
In their latest EP release, Disclosure, the band makes sure to meld several decades’ worth of elements that you’ve loved about rock and roll into a single 5-piece package, showing off their talents to the highest degree. Make no mistake about it: though this 5-person ensemble from St. Paul is very much a part of the modern pop/rock scene, they do what they do with a certain respect for rock as a whole that not every band that’s part of this particular world knows how to integrate into their work!
Everyone plays their part, here. The opening track, titled “Spit It Out”, is delivered with gloriously authentic rebellious undertones that are heard with every beat of the drum, every strum of the bass, every guitar riff, and every vocal delivered. Frontwoman Stef w/ an F has a particularly radio-ready voice without sacrificing a satisfying, idiosyncratic tone and broad range fit for the genre she’s suited herself into. Combine that with the traded-off vocals between her and lead guitarist Jackson, and you've got some pretty infectious jams.
The most amazing thing about City of the Weak is that you can’t shoehorn this band into a single slot in the rock industry. To do so would be a sin, and yet, they fit everything so darn well. They’re all attitude all of the time and they do it in an unapologetic fashion. Just listen to “Leech”, the final song on Disclosure. Following in the footsteps of Queen, the band composes an epic ensemble that takes you a billion different places while remaining within the same foundation from which the track began. From start to beginning, it’s something that’s nothing short of an AMAZING thing to behold!
If anything, City of the Weak is modern rock and roll that is so perfectly defined. Stef, Jackson, Brent, Cody, and Ricky are very musically apt, hard-rockin’ individuals who I’m sure are here to stay.
You can find them on the 2014 Warped Tour lineup, and that is definitely a good place to start towards global love for the band.
Like how they sound? Check out the teaser below and get a taste of City of the Weak. Let us know what you think in the comments.
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