No Weather Talks hail from Hamburg, Germany, but don’t assume they sound like Helloween (or KMFDM). This female-fronted punk quintet play a strain of punk rock heard nightly in basements and VFW halls up and down the East Coast, and frontwoman Fredrika Herr has no problem singing in English on their debut full-length, Undoing Defeat. The lead song from that album, “Problems With Pleasure,” is a fun sing-along on the surface but surprisingly deep lyrically once you get into it. Herr explains:
“One of the first songs we finished for the album and I guess we put it as an opener, because what is central to this song underlies pretty much the whole album, metaphorically speaking. We go out dancing and organizing in the dark and comfy ditches of our various subcultures, we know that being, looking, thinking different and not wanting to conform to a capitalist, racist, misogynist (and all those other -isms) system is contradictory in itself, because we can’t escape its clutches entirely. But still, it makes sense to try and do exactly that sometimes and create what some French avant gardists (namely the situationist international) in the 60s called ‘situations.’ Situations, time-frames, aesthetic relief—whatever opens up the possibility to act, feel, think and live out of designated contexts. even if just for a night or an hour, even if that’s a privileged utopia.”
Undoing Defeat comes out June 22 on No Idea Records and can be preordered here.
Catch No Weather Talks on tour throughout Europe this summer and see them at the Fest 14 in Gainesville, Florida, this fall:
fri 24.-sun 26.07.15 Rockychany, Czech Rep@Fluff Fest w/Endpoint, Loma Prieta, Trial & many more
fri 21.8.15 Lille, France
sat 22.8.15 Kingston, UK
sun 23.8.15 UK NEED A SHOW!!
mon 24.8.15 UK NEED A SHOW!!
tue 25.8.15 Stoke on Trent, UK@Ministers Bar w/Kismet HC, Only Strangers
wed 26.8.15 Hull, UK@Fruit w/Kamikaze Girls
thu 27.8.15 Durham, UK
fri 28.8.15 Leeds, UK@Santiago Bar
sat 29.8.15 London, UK TBA
sun 30.8.15 Cardiff, UK
fri 30.10.-sun 01.11.15 Gainesville, Florida @THE FEST 14