Since March of 2006, when band members Uel Dee, (guitar) Cyle Bones, (vocals) Cain Cobra, (drums) and Dee Bone (bass) were just 14 to 16 years old, The Weeks have been pumping out their signature brew of alternative/grunge/funk/punk/country/blues rock. There’s no turning back now.
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, but from Jackson, Mississippi, The Weeks signed to the Esperanza Plantation label in July of 2008 in order to release their debut album, Comeback Cadillac. Hailed as a southern man’s Mars Volta, The Weeks first release showcased the groups strong roots in southern rock, while long branches reached towards newer influences.
The band’s second album, Ruspringa, was released the following year, strengthening both the group’s sound and their dedication to the craft. Dropping from a five-piece to four after the album’s production, the band would make a new home in Nashville as they pursued their dream.
The Weeks love for Mississippi never faltered, of course, as the four men returned in March of 2011 to work on their next project. Technically an EP, Gutter Gaunt Gangster is the band’s newest release, an eight track effort that clocks in at over 28 minutes long.
Working with producer Winn McElroy, The Weeks took their time getting everything right at Black Wings Studio, taking seven months to tweak the album to perfection before releasing it on October 11th, 2011.
The Weeks would move to a new record label, Serpents and Snakes, in 2012. Gutter Gaunt Gangster was rereleased this past September, with a beautiful 12″ vinyl pressing of the EP to boot. In the time since, the band has been touring with the likes of Junior Astronomers, Local H, North Mississippi All-Stars, and The Meat Puppets.
“You cannot stop these men, your armies can’t cease their hands, dampen this thunder, or silence their tongues. We have trudged through the muddy swamps to freedom,” says The Weeks official website, where the band rebelliously states “we will run naked through your streets before we sit decorated in your halls.”
Such a mindset is just what The Weeks’ sound brings to mind: A group of men with nerves of steel, strengthened through the joys and pains of growing up together. Their sound recalls the vital, rugged outdoorsmen of a time past — when virtues of freedom and liberty were more than lofty ideals — they were a god given right.
Dean Goranites | Associate Editor