Exclusive Song Premiere: ‘Wreckage,’ Weeknight

Published February 13, 2014

ABOVE: WEEKNIGHT’S HOLLY MACGIBBON (LEFT) AND ANDY SIMMONS

Brooklyn synth-pop duo Weeknight make brooding rock with a gothic bent. The band, comprised of Holly MacGibbon and Andy Simmons, is currently prepping the release of its debut album, whose tongue-in-cheek title, Post-Everything, could double as a break-up reference as well as a genre tag (plus, we’re wondering, a Japandroids allusion?). The latest sample from the LP, which we’re premiering here, is a somber new track called “Wreckage,” whose male-female harmonies and atmospheric synths hit somewhere between Boxer-era The National and Cold Cave.

Lines like “I couldn’t dream tonight if I tried” bolster the song’s ’80s ennui, but by the three-minute mark, New Wave keyboards have kicked into high gear and you’re more likely to be dancing than moping. “‘Wreckage’ was one of the last tracks we worked on for the record. It was one of those freak-accident-songs that truly felt effortless to write,” says Simmons. “We finished the track in two days, and the subject matter revealed itself immediately. To me, this song is about offering forgiveness to someone that isn’t quite ready to be forgiven.”

POST-EVERYTHING IS OUT MARCH 4 VIA ARTIFICIAL RECORDS. FOR MORE ON WEEKNIGHT, VISIT ITS BANDCAMP