Winnipeg, Canada foursome Lost Weekend’s jaunty electro-pop was born on the unfinished 11th floor of their hometown’s Commodities and Exchange Building, where the band began writing and rehearsals in 2010. It was there that guitarist/vocalist Matt Worobec, keyboardist Zack Antel, bassist Jason Pankratz and drummer Luke Janzen honed their mélange of New Wave, 90s alt and modern glossy production sensibilities into the feverishly joyful style of their self-titled debut EP. The resulting collection is a celebration of the essentials of quality, radiant pop, filled with emotional peaks and valleys.
But under the veneer of sunny synths and burnished production lurks a sly cheekiness that makes tracks like “Cool Kids” (mixed by Niklas Flyckt, producer of Miike Snow, Robyn & Britney Spears) or the otherwordly electro-boogie of lead single “Let Me In” (mixed by Peter Mokran, producer of Flaming Lips) more than just dancefloor anthems. Worobec’s lyrics delve not only into time-honored themes such as love, but also wrestle with the isolated feeling of being the underdog as well as sneak in the occasional jab at “the scene.”
If recent history is any indication, Lost Weekend won’t be occupying that underdog turf much longer. In the last year alone, they’ve played a Billboard showcase, had their SXSW debut, regularly gigged in mainstay LA. venues such as the Viper Room and Satellite and created their debut EP with Grammy nominated producer Zach Heiligman (Foster the People).
Teaming up with Heiligman, Lost Weekend have fashioned an EP that captures the mercurial moods of the music they grew up listening to in a distinctly contemporary sound. Emerging from the studio with three tight tracks, packed with riffs and aimed square into listeners’ guts, Lost Weekend are entering 2013 with a potent first offering. February and March will see them take it to the streets on a western U.S. tour, capped off with a finale show at Austin’s SXSW, this is shaping up to be the year Lost Weekend gets under your skin and stays there.
Manitoba Music Night
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