The Weeks at Antone's

Words by Kanya Maliwan

Courtesy of the artist

Courtesy of the artist

Mississippi born indie-rockers The Weeks stopped in Austin last Wednesday night and played to a full house at Antone’s. I’ve been wanting to see this band for a while now, and I knew I had to make it out when I saw that the The Lonely Biscuits (Nashville, TN) were supporting them on tour.

One of the best things about this show was the obvious camaraderie between the two bands. Members from The Weeks joined The Lonely Biscuits on stage when they performed “Ma’am” for the last song of their set. It only makes sense that these two Southern rock bands would be friends and enjoy playing music with each other. During The Weeks set, The Lonely Biscuits could be seen on the side watching and jamming out with the band the whole time.

The Weeks are Cyle Barnes (lead vocals), Samuel Williams (vocals, guitar), Cain Barnes (drums), Damien Bone (bass). Aside from all being quite tall and having great shoes, the band had a really warm stage presence. They played a mix of crowd favorites and new songs from their latest album Easy which was released just last month. The new songs were great to hear live and their energy was contagious. The band played a full set that exceeded an hour and the crowd loved every moment of it. At one point, the band made everyone in the crowd get low and then jump up and dance. The moment was explosive, which is a good way to describe the band’s set that night.

Some of the highlights for me were their soulful performance of “Hands on the Radio” from their new album, the jam session that followed “Mississippi Rain” and their encore which included “Buttons” — one of my favorite songs since I first heard it in high school. The Weeks have been around for a while, but they are one of those bands that never get old. They left it all the stage at the end of their set – they rolled around on the floor, on each other and completely shredded their instruments.

The Weeks are currently on tour for the rest of month around North America, hitting a lot of the west coast and then back down to Nashville to finish the tour off at the famous Ryman Auditorium. If you know what’s good, you’ll check out their latest album and see them when they come around again.