Getting To Know – Weekend Debt

A&A – Hi, Weekend Debt, for those who don’t know, tell us a bit about your band

Weekend Debt – We are an indie rock band from Glasgow taking influence from loads of bands like The View, Arctic Monkeys and Fatherson.

A&A – Your latest single ‘Legato’ came out last week. Tell us about the tune and the response you have had.

WD – Legato is a song about the breaking up of a relationship. It’s a song about reminiscing about the time where Me and an ex were getting on really well and thinking about some good times we had. We have had a great reaction already just over a month from the release. We feel this is our ‘biggest’ sounding track and we spent a lot of time in the studio on the track so it’s nice to see it paid off and people are enjoying it.

A&A – You played at King Tuts a few weeks ago as part of their New Year Revolution gigs. How was it?

WD – Class! We didn’t expect the turn out to be as good as it was and I think its the first time with the band’s new line up, that we have done such a big show. It’s a great way to start the year off as we want to keep building on the show and making our live shows better and better.

A&A – Who are your influences?

WD – When writing the songs, I take influence from anywhere. If someone says something to me in the street or in a tv show I write it down and start to make melodies from that. I like to write poems first before there’s any music involved. I don’t know if that’s weird or not but as a songwriter, I think lyrical content is really important. Musically, we take influence from bands we are mates with, but also bands we aspire to be like. Seeing pals go out and smash massive shows is what keeps the belief that we too can go make a name for ourselves.

A&A – You’re playing at Sneaky Pete’s on 21 March with Pleasure Heads. What can people expect from your live show?

WD – Sneaky Pete’s is a great, intimate venue so we are looking to bring a lot of energy to the crowd and showcase some new tunes ahead of the festival season.

A&A – Where does the name Weekend Debt come from?

WD – To be honest, I really have no idea. I think we were just brainstorming ideas and we had a gig in like a month with still no name and thought fuck it that will do. People seem to like it and can relate to it so its maybe one of our better spontaneous decisions. We’ll not get into the other ones…

A&A – If you could collaborate with one artist or producer who would it be?

WD – I really like a challenge when writing songs so I’d love to collaborate with someone from another genre. We are all pretty into electronic music and disco so maybe someone like Giorgio Moroder.

A&A – We love discovering new music here at A&A. Who have you been listening to lately?

WD – The rest of the boys have been listening to a lot of Biffy Clyro but that’s no change there. I’ve been listening to a lot of Kaytranada his new album is class! Apart from that, the new Bombay Bicycle Club album has been on non-stop but again, no surprise

A&A – What are the plans for 2020

WD – In 2020, we are going to spend a lot of time writing some new material and exploring some new sounds. Hopefully have a few singles out by the end of the year and a few good shows. We already have plenty lined up before the summer so its exciting to see what the rest of the year will hold.

A&A – If you could describe Weekend Debt with any song, what would it be?

WD – I’ve been really struggling with this one but I’ve come to the conclusion it’s The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens. Fuck all to do with Lions, but before our EP Launch, for a laugh, we played this as our walkout song. It has somehow managed to be our ‘warm-up’ song pre-show. We have 4 part harmonies and everything. Maybe one day we will do it as an encore. Although, its maybe best we don’t.