Merging Doc Hammer’s husky croon, post-punk guitars and catchy 80’s bass-lines/synths, WEEP creates a dark yet satisfyingly upbeat pop album painted by WEEP’s passion and unflinching take on contemporary music. Alate, written and produced by WEEP’s guitarist/vocalist Hammer (also known as one of the creative minds behind the TV show The Venture Bros.) is the perfect epic follow up to WEEP’s impressive debut, Worn Thin (PRO243, 2010). Taking us on a sonic journey through thunderous drums, wailing vocals, grand ballads, raging guitars and everything in between, the album is fused together perfectly: melodic, driving and catchy. Alate teems with dark distorted anthems for the modern age. The album positions WEEP as successors to the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen and The Cure, up through guitar bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins and Placebo, then on past White Lies and Interpol… ’til eventually WEEP is compared with only one sound: WEEP.
“It sounds like Hammer created this record under the influence of several hours of 120 Minutes, circa the mid-‘80s. But this is no nostalgia trip. Ringing guitars, lush synth beds and soaring melodies evoke a certain era, but Hammer’s croon pushes the record into a timeless dimension where choruses invite accompaniment and pleasures are never guilty.” -Big Takeover
Alate takes the listener confidently through an eleven song journey of future classics. Huge guitars, huge drums, and huge choruses work to create a sound that moves the listener through WEEP’s epic creation. As timeless as it is contemporary, WEEP screams in brooding pop and alternative rock languages to create something that, in its strength, has the ability to sound fragile and even a little delicate.
As a vocalist, Hammer finds his voice on Alate. What was once a somber murmur has become a growl that confidently pilots the drama within. Doc’s voice has developed into a controlled yell that even dips into a croon when necessary. Throughout Alate his voice is assured enough to be beautiful.
From the dark, yet strangely upbeat pop sound of the opener “It’s So Late”, all the way through to the ballad-like closing track “Alate Ardor”, WEEP infuses Alate with a dramatic new energy and assertiveness.
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DOC HAMMER ON ‘ALATE’
“When we started on this record, I wanted every instrument, every note, every breath to have a desperation. We wanted it to be brave and just lay it all out and go ‘This is exactly what we like… I hope one of you agrees with us.’ Ya know? We wanted to make a classic, and not some smarty-pants release that critics and hipsters chew up and spit out, but a thing that delivers its milky payload for years to come. Not everyone wants a shower of WEEP’s pearly idea of drama, but for those that do, we wanted Alate to deliver. I think it does.”
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