Weep- Worn Thin

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, September 6, 2010

It is possible that you might stumble upon New York’s Weep because their vocalist/guitarist is Doc Hammer who is the co-creator of The Venture Brothers on Adult Swim. However, don’t expect any crossover between the projects. Weep’s new album Worn Thin reveals them to be a mixture of indie rock with some dark/new wave influences. This proves to be quite the interesting combination, and while you’ve heard some music that sounds like this before the album does stand out.

The way in which keyboard and guitar melodies are combined really helps to add texture to Worn Thin, and makes it evident that Weep has been influenced by a lot of the dark/new wave bands from years past. However, despite the fact that they wear their influences on their sleeves these guys don’t sound dated at all as they have some killer grooves that create a dreamy atmosphere. At times I’m reminded a little of groups such as Placebo, but Weep finds ways to make their mellow instrumentals stand out from the pack. There isn’t a boring moment on the album, and when the group decides to cover “Right Here, Right Now” and “Shut Up and Drive” they put a fun spin on them.

If you’re familiar with Doc Hammer’s voice work on The Venture Brothers, you are probably unsure of what to expect from his singing on Worn Thin. As it turns out, he has a very smooth and relaxing voice that is a perfect fit for Weep’s dreamy instrumental arrangements. While he doesn’t vary his pitch as much as he does in his voice acting, the style that he does use is very strong and will surely please anyone that gives the disc a chance.

You can probably already tell, but I am quite addicted to Worn Thin. There’s just something about these songs that makes me want to return to this disc time and time again, and it seems likely that anyone who enjoys alternative rock and a little new wave will feel the same. Perhaps in the years to come Doc Hammer will be just as well known for his work with Weep as he is for The Venture Brothers.


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