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The Weekend Run Club Shares New Album ‘Liminal Space Race’

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Hailing from Chicago, IL, Queer majority indie band The Weekend Run Club released their brand-new album, Liminal Space Race. The five-piece writes songs focusing on identity, coming of age, and all things interpersonal, and pulls from a plethora of genres like rock, alternative, power pop, punk,  and emo. With a focus on poignant, self-revealing lyrics danceable rhythms, and guitar licks, The Weekend Run Club writes music for the introspective alien, the extroverted party jammers, and everyone in between. 

The unsettling realisation that some relationships aren’t intended to continue is conveyed to the listener in Liminal Space Race, along with the festive warmth of a fancy gay dinner party where nobody fits in. The album implies that rage may occasionally be necessary for survival. And maybe the only place to find genuine love at two in the morning is a stuffy, leather-clad bar. Finally, Liminal Space Race is the painful and truthful realisation that you cannot control anyone but yourself. The album’s focus track ‘Prince of Wales’ was built on synth chords. The guitar parts were spontaneously written, along with some bass lines, that Mitchell messed around with innocently. The lyrics at the end ‘I’m a loser in love…’ are from an old song that was never released. They love revamping old lyrics and creating something new. The genre-blend of alternative, indie-rock, power pop, and pop rock, showcases a groovy tune. 

“The track is inspired by a party that I attended and a character from the Sondheim show, ‘A Little Night Music’. Petra the maidservant sings a song about all the men she might end up with. No matter how much they had to offer, she recoiled at the thought of settling down because she’d lose her freedom. I’ve noticed that this is a really common theme in my own personal experience of queer culture, especially with other gay men I know. I was ecstatic to be invited to my first fancy gay dinner party, but I  ended up feeling intimidated and excluded when I arrived. As the defenses of the party guests came down due to drinking, I started to lose faith in some of the attendees who didn’t seem to care as much about closeness with others as they did living a fabulous lifestyle. It was a major letdown because I felt like I had met the ‘Prince of Wales’ from Petra’s song ‘The Miller’s Son’, and I still wasn’t impressed. From my own personal lens, I feel like a lot of people in today’s world, especially those who are plugged into social media, are asking the same questions: ‘When will I find my tribe? Will they accept me for my true self?” – Mitchell comments.

There are a variety of moods throughout the album, focusing on encouragement to feel and to embrace all emotions, no matter how hard they are. Liminal Space Race, has many upbeat, dancy themes with a few quiet, reflective moments scattered in the mix. There’s truly something for everyone on this offering. Liminal Space Race, has a variety of genres merging the likes of indie, indie rock, indie pop, rock, alternative rock, pop rock, dance rock, alternative, and power pop. The tracks feature guitar, bass, drums, synths, and vocals in the production creating exceptional and atmospheric earworms. 

The album was written with the same sense of urgency as the album’s underlying themes. The Weekend Run Club saw a significant roster shift at the start of 2022; Mitchell assumed primary songwriter duties and the composition structure was altered. This change in identity was initially jarring for surviving members Mitchell and Ryan.  

Because of the time lost during the pandemic and the time it took to get all of the new members on board, the band was quite motivated to release something new to redefine their sound. The new members of the band were incredibly supportive of Mitchell’s new ideas, giving the new songs a unique confidence and flare that’s irreplaceable. 

One aspect of The Weekend Run Club that hasn’t changed with this album is how diverse a range of genres have always impacted them. They worked on developing more of a rock sound while retaining some of the sweet, indie guitars that characterised their early sound. Liminal  Space Race, captures the feeling that they were afraid to make this record, but rather than focusing on that fear alone, they wrote nine songs on fear and uncertainty in different spheres of life. 

On the album, The Weekend Run Club says, “Coming of age is an animal experience that humans share on a global scale. ‘Liminal Space Race’ addresses the nebulous, yet frenetic paradigm shifts of growing up. At the end of the tunnel of adolescence and early adulthood is an unavoidable, rueful acceptance: a fleeting truth which spares no one,  especially the queer people of yesterday, today, and tomorrow: We never really stop coming out.”

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Laura Brino Shares New Album ‘Cactus Moon’

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The eagerly awaited album, Cactus Moon, marks the comeback of American singer-songwriter Laura Brino. Her creative energy is presently being directed into compositions that are even more sensitive, honest, and vulnerable. Her music has been regarded as having outstanding pop sensibility with catchy refrains that express tales in an authentic and contemplative way.

Since she was in her teens in the late ‘90s, her songs have been included in a number of TV series and motion pictures. In addition to her four solo albums, she has released one as Lily and the Pearl, a side project with her husband Sean “Dracula” Jackson. 

Cactus Moon, showcases Laura Brino’s folky, singer-songwriter soundscape over the 13 tracks. She tells the story of becoming older. The story of becoming a mother. The story of a body giving life. The story of a body finding death. It is the story of breaking generational trauma and healing wounds that are universally ours.

The album’s focus track ‘Tether’ is a positive hit on which Laura Brino skillfully blends her indie-pop and folk-pop sounds with compelling narration. She composed the song on an acoustic guitar at first, then used synths and headphones to record a demo on her iPhone’s GarageBand app. When she and producer Ahren Buchheister got into the studio, she recorded her voice and retained the original sounds. After Ricky Wise helped with the drums, they submitted the track to producer Troy Everett, who added rhythms, strings, guitar, piano, and vocals.

On the track, Laura Brino comments, “Tether symbolizes the push and pull of navigating a relationship with someone who is forever tied to. This song pays homage to the early relationship with my now husband, as we worked through life obstacles, while always knowing we’d be connected no matter where. Having struggled with anxiety and PTSD, I have had a history of running from things, and the idea that someone else can ground you.”

Cactus Moon, explores generational trauma while taking the listener on a journey through 13 indie pop infused tunes-ranging from deeply introspective to catchy and fun songs. The pop, rock, and folk elements are blended with poignant lyrics and catchy refrains in her music. Her songs are known for having excellent pop sensibility and memorable refrains that genuinely and attentively communicate tales.

Being a mother and a full-time artist made it more difficult for Laura Brino to write when sitting down at the keyboard or guitar throughout the day. Her life transformed when she discovered that she could use her little headphones to make music on Garageband while lying in bed next to her sleeping children. Every night, she was creating and recording songs. That nightly routine gave rise to the majority of these tunes. From her children’s bed, she would record tunes that were almost finished. While the album was being properly recorded, she kept writing new songs. Six of the tracks on the final album were composed midway through the recording session. Eventually, her producer had to advise her to wait and save the new tracks for the next album. She was able to control her anxiousness and focus her energies on something constructive because of this alone. The album portrays this tenacity and shows how entirely digital the composition process is. That essentially shaped the album’s tone, which is far more pop-oriented than her previous Americana record.

The topic of processing and recovering from trauma comes up; the subjects gradually shifted from dating and relationship problems, as well as love songs and breakup songs, as she approached her 40s to more sombre themes centred on the human condition. Stemming from her personal experiences and the experiences of those around her over the last few years, this album covers abuse within relationships (Butterfly), anxiety (Five Alarm Fires), coming out (Live out Loud), generational trauma (Cactus Moon, Songbird), miscarriage (Drugstore Purchase), aging (Foreign Bodies), suicide (Haunt Me), birth trauma (Floating) with some love songs sprinkled in between.

The name ‘Cactus Moon’ honours the symbolic relationship between cactus and the moon. Laura Brino had years of PTSD after her near-death experience with the birth of her second daughter. She visited a Shaman back in 2022 to get some healing related to her trauma. As she laid there on the table, she was dubious but yet rather anxious to get some peace from her fears. They led her through a guided meditation to her healing place as they worked their reiki magic on her body. She felt their hands grip her uterus outside of her body as she travelled through it. The very organ that she nearly died of. It was restorative. As she laid there with tears flowing down her cheeks, the only thing that could have been on her mind was a room full of cactus. After looking it up, she discovered that a cactus represents tenacity and maternal love. After exploring her recovery and the healing of the women who came before her, she believes that the ‘Cactus Moon’ serves as a reminder that there is always room for growth and healing.

On the album, Laura Brino comments, “This album captures my own personal journey over the last five years; beginning as inspired and thought-provoking, then taking a deep dive into some heavy subjects and experiences. It ends feeling very empowered. It’s wild to be able to see how spot on my own emotional rollercoaster is portrayed in this album.”

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