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Weston - This Is My Voice and This Is My Heart: Live at Maxwell's [12 inch] (Cover Artwork)

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Weston: This Is My Voice and This Is My Heart: Live at Maxwell's [12 inch]This Is My Voice and This Is My Heart: Live at Maxwell's [12 inch] (2009)
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Having grown up on Long Island not in Pennsylvania, and being probably four years old when this band even formed, I completely missed out on Weston. So you're getting this from a pretty--well, completely--unbiased perspective. The Bethlehem, PA act, if you're going by This Is My Voice and This Is My.
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Having grown up on Long Island not in Pennsylvania, and being probably four years old when this band even formed, I completely missed out on Weston. So you're getting this from a pretty--well, completely--unbiased perspective. The Bethlehem, PA act, if you're going by This Is My Voice and This Is My Heart, apparently played simple, catchy, rough-edged punk songs at a melodic, mid-tempo rate. And they played them well, as documented by the hefty set on this live album from New Jersey venue Maxwell's.

Of course, the highlights here are the tracks from 1996's Got Beat Up, which many fans apparently consider their best work. Set opener "Retarded," despite its title, finds the band sounding just a tad despondent and all the more heartbroken as a result. It works for them wonderfully, but even when they get a little scrappier, like the pre-One Man Army-isms of "Teenage Love Affair" (also from Got Beat Up), it's nicely playful and rugged.

The band's in-between banter should elicit, at worst, smirks, like the members' enthusiastic inquiry prefacing "Mr. Lazo": "Who's 'G' to 'P'? Who's 'G' to 'P' or 'D to P'?" It's like a much less perverted play on another certain bro-ism. That song, in particular, lifted from the band's debut, 1994's A Real-Life Story of Teenage Rebellion, has all the dragging, distorted guitars of a later Jawbreaker song, though the multiple vocals make it Weston's own. (And there's a bassline in "No Kind of Superstar," from Got Beat Up, that definitely sounds "Want"-ish.) "Pucker Up Baby" has an amusing request for PBR put into a brief melody aping the Star Wars theme, while the band almost get into the full groove of "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" during the pre-"New Shirt" introductions. Closer "Two" is incredibly subtle, with emphatic vocals assisted by a sparse guitar strum and the crowd's loosely shouted accompaniment; while there's a little awkward sloppiness just before the bridge, it's a heartwarming way to end the show.

Other scattered highlights include "Just Like Kurt," a Rebellion cut permeated with "a-ee-yeah-ee-yeah"s, and the effortlessly simple chug of "New Shirt," which the joyous Maxwell's crowd sings along loudly with, doing the first part all themselves. It segues perfectly into "Heather Lewis," too, one of the set's more rambunctious, catchier and energetic numbers.

If you're in desperate need of an introduction to Weston, it seems you'd probably want to go to Got Beat Up, but this mildly entertaining and certainly sprawling live set isn't a bad bet either.

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Retarded
Feelings Stupid Feelings
Little Mile
Mr. Lazo
Just Like You
Just Like Kurt
Two

 

 
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elephantdwarf (March 19, 2010)

I drove down from CT for this show, and holy shit did i have fun.

blackshirtmusic (March 19, 2010)

I guess it wouldn't be right for me to post a rating since I put it out...but thanks Brian for giving it a listen and review. Really glad to hear everyone enjoys the album.

To anyone interested, it is available at the usual digital retailers and on 2 vinyl formats at http://blackshirtmusic.ecrater.com/ - 400 on solid pink vinyl and 100 hand-numbered on pink/black mix with silkscreened covers (still have a couple of these left).

skankbook (March 19, 2010)

I'd never heard of this band before I saw them open up for the Souls back in 06, and their energy and infectious songs made me an instant fan. This album captures everything about a Weston show perfectly. Hopefully they'll continue to play a few more one-off shows & this isn't it.

vinhoff (March 19, 2010)

Being probably in the ideal age range I think the band said it best "if your not a teenager than you are tonight" probably the band I'm most nostalgic for as I get on in years. I was at this show and I felt like a kid again the last few years of reunion shows have been a great means to forget the pixies-esque end of the road records. Those tours were rough as the band seemed to lose a lot of the fun that made them so enjoyable. To bad they couldn't get Chuck Saltern to show up in hoboken and play/sing on the record.

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