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New Music: The Weeks and Apache Relay

Need a pick-me-up on the bus to the office? Or looking for that perfect Friday-feeling tune for the train journey home? Need a good jam for the walk home too? Look no further! Each week we’ll bring you our Music Radar top tracks (complete with a Spotify playlist) so you can plug in and get your toes tapping on public transport

By Callan De Villiers

Sometimes you have to wait a long time for a good thing. We have been waiting a long while for our favourite boys from Mississippi to head back to the UK on tour, and it was most certainly worth the wait! This past week we found ourselves at The Garage in Highbury & Islington to catch two acts from the states killing it on the London music scene…

First up were an indie rock/folk/roots band from Nashville, TN, who go by the name of The Apache Relay. Made up of members Michael Ford, Jr., Mike Harris, Ben Ford, Brett Moore, Kellen Wenrich and Steve Smith, this six-piece band formed in a dorm room in 2008 and released their debut concept album titled 1988 in 2009. Not long after the band released American Nomad (2011), generating a fair bit of industry praise. The Apache Relay have since opened for Mumford & Sons and released another awesome self-titled album in 2014.

Their live performance was something else, especially the sweet fiddle and epic guitar solo by the beautifully bearded Mike Harris. Make sure to check out their tracks Power Hungry Animals and Don’t Leave Me Now. Our pick is Katie Queen of Tennessee – take a look and listen at the video below…

And then the boys we came to see… The Weeks. Needless to say we love this band. Aside from the southern drawl and long unruly hair their music is damn near the coolest indie rock we’ve ever heard. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, twins Cain and Cyle Barnes along with friend Samuel Williams, began their musical venture when they were as young as 14 and 16 years old. Two other members played with the band but have since been replaced by Damien Bone and Alex Admiral Collier…all of them magic makers.

Since releasing their debut album Comeback Cadillac (2008) and Debut EP Rumspringa (2009), The Weeks have been jamming it up world wide, opening for the likes of Kings of Leon. Coincidentally, after relocating to Nashville, TN, the band signed with Kings of Leon label Serpents and Snakes in 2012 and released their second full album Dear Bo Jackson (2013).

If we had to be forced to choose a few “must listens” it would have to be their tracks Hold It, Kid (Your Heart Just Skipped a Beat), Brother in the Night and Bad Enough. Our favourite without a shadow of a doubt is Buttons, which was re-released as an EP in 2014. Take a listen below…

And don’t forget to check out Global Cool’s Music Radar Spotify playlist to keep up to date with the hottest new music when you’re on the bus/train/tube to work….


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Image: The Weeks Facebook (with permission).

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