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Lounge Acts: Brooklyn-based Weeknight delivers dark synth pop with analog twist

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Brooklyn-based synth pop group Weeknight in the WCPO Lounge
Posted at 4:32 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 17:58:29-05

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CINCINNATI – In 2014, Brooklyn-based duo Weeknight released its debut album "Post Everything."

Nearly five years later, the band's founders, Andy Simmons and Holly MacGibbon released Weeknight's second album "Dead Beat Creep" on Feb. 1. The second album features band mates Russell Hymowitz and Jasper Berg, who joined the band in 2017.

With Hymowitz on base guitar and Berg on drums, "Dead Beat Creep" marks a radical approach to recording for a band whose sound is described as "dark synth pop." Weeknight recorded their second album using all analog instruments and by writing each song so they could perform them live without backup tracks.

Online publication Brooklyn Vegan described the new album's first single "Holes in My Head" as "a cinematic piece of synthpop noir that, lyrically, is about Holly’s father who died in 2017 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s."

"It was written from his perspective, and says what I imagined he would have wanted to say to me if he was able to," MacGibbon told the publication.