ArtistRack brings to you ‘I Will’ by The Weadon Boys:
About The Weadon Boys:
The Weadon Boys almost never existed. The founding member of the duo, Tim Corcoran, had to emerge from a self-imposed wilderness and be prodded into public display of his singing and songwriting talents. His partner, producer, multi-instrumentalist and guitar virtuoso Mark Obitz did the pushing. Obitz has spent twenty years making music for a living, and says something “clicked” when he first heard Corcoran emitting his characteristic intensity on an acoustic cover of Neil Young’s Cortez the Killer. “Nobody in the alt/rock scene is singing with this kind of passion and character”, he thought. Within a couple of months, the two embarked on a song-writing frenzy, and have spent the last two years constantly in studio, refining their craft, and creating dozens of soon-to-be released gems .
Corcoran formed The Weadon Boys to make great music, crossing genres and moods, motivated to create primarily by a desire to satisfy his own highly selective musical taste. His songwriting themes are driven by the mottos “don’t be boring”, and “seek the ecstatic”. While the lyrics are replete with references to rebellious lives, intoxication and sexual tension, Corcoran insists these very human experiences should be interpreted as gateways to the ecstatic. “Think Rumi”, he says with a twinkle. The “Boys” expect to fill a void in the alternative/rock format, specifically the “rock” part of that equation. They are driven to deliver quality musicianship, engaging themes, memorable hooks, and intensity. This intensity comes through even on their slower, more mystically-inspired tracks. And it comes through when they’re being playful, too. The duo are outlaws in today’s shiny alt-leaning rock scene, and they sound great in the contrast.
The musical education of lead singer Corcoran was forged when he moved to Spanish Andalusia almost twenty years ago. There, he fell in with gypsy flamenco artists who, though supremely talented, had mostly turned their backs on the commercial flamenco scene as too watered down and formulaic. While they still performed publicly when demanded, they saved the real music for their intense artist-only sessions, a secret brotherhood unknown to tourists and passers-by. These sessions were rhythmically musical “seances” – drug and alcohol fueled, male-only rituals, where the music continued non-stop for hours upon hours, into days, in an effort to summon spirits into the music (a spirit they called “duende”). Corcoran was mentored there by a singer he called “El Rey”, from whom he learned so much. The key, he was taught, is that “music is a question of character, not technique or virtuosity. Character. We deliver from the depths of ourselves and this is what captivates the audience. We cast spells.” Corcoran has been seeking to bring this vibration into American pop and rock n roll, saying “every song I do is driven by that ethos; every song must have a reason to exist, a specific, special and bewitching identity.”
The Weadon Boys’ debut single “Let’s Get Stoned”, develops that ethos along a playful lyrical line, with catchy melodies, and a reggae flavor tinged by their rock and roll hearts. The song delivers character(s), male ritual, and certainly, the spell of substance(s). It’s a perfect listen for anyone who’s ever had too late of a night, partied too hard, or fallen for a handsome toad. Somehow the music video for the track is too cool to be as adorable as it is.
The music from The Weadon Boys transcends demographics via the most engaging chill wave of sound, bro. The expectation, bro, is that millennials, gen X-ers and cool grandmas will put the ‘Boys’ music on repeat, take a hit and feel good doing it.
~ Liner Notes by Olaf Tellez