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#1 Posted : 07 October 2019 10:26:40(UTC)
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Artist: Weekend
Title: Welcome to the Real World
Genre(s): Pop, Rock, Electropop, Synthpop
Length: 46:02
Writers: D.Blue-Conners, R.Hamilton, B.Holmes, O.Ward, S.Wellington
Producers: Dustyn Blue-Conners, Riley Hamilton, Billy Holmes, Andrew Watt, LosOscuros, Cutfather, Freedo
Executive Producers: Weekend
Format(s): CD, LP, Digital Download, Streaming, Cassette
Label: Five Pesky Kids
Singles Released: Victory [#1], Our Song [#1], Be A Man [#1]

Welcome to the Real World is the third studio album from Australian-British-Irish, Weekend. Including the repackaging of their debut album, this serves as the group's fourth full-length release. The record was written entirely by the members of the band themselves; Dustyn Blue-Conners, Riley Hamilton, Billy Holmes, Oscar Ward and Scott Wellington, marking their first effort without any additional songwriters. Long-term partners and production duo, LosOscuros worked with the band yet again, while Cutfather, Freedo and Andrew Watt entered the fold for the first time. Blue-Conners, Hamilton and Holmes also produced tracks on the record. The entire project was executive produced by Weekend. "Welcome to the Real World" will be released through their own label, Five Pesky Kids, and has been described as having a "rawer" and "more introspective" take in comparison to their previous efforts. The album was preceded by the release of the singles, "Victory", "Our Song" and "Be A Man".



Background & Development

Weekend released their second studio album, "About Time", on July 5th 2015 and would then embark on their second world tour, the Here We Go Again tour from November 2015 to August 2016. During that time, the band continued to write and record new music. None of it was specifically for their third record but just as a means to keep ideas and creativity flowing. During the same time period, personal lives of band members had changed drastically too. Riley Hamilton began dating CMBD member Chaelin Hue, Billy married The Stat Nerds member Jerry Holmes and legally changed his surname and Scott Wellington became a father. The band made a conscious decision to walk away from writing and recording duties after the tour had wrapped up to allow each other to focus on personal matters. All previously written and recorded songs were discarded.

Production of the album officially commenced in late 2017 with the members regrouping to write and record new material. Member Scott Wellington stated that the new music was "ballsy" and dubbed it "next level Weekend". Multiple songs were registered to ASCAP with Weekend listed as the performers in early 2018, leading fans to wrongly assume that a summer release was on the cards. Nothing materialised. In July 2018, Billy Holmes tweeted "back to the drawing board", alluding to the scrapping of previously recorded material, which proved to be true. In October 2018, Holmes played a 15 second snippet of new Weekend music on his Instagram story accompanied by the caption "SOON". This was later confirmed to be a preview of the track, "Touch & Go", which makes an appearance on the final track list.

Before the release of the lead single, Dustyn married long-term lover and ex-Juneau member Dallas Conners. The pair tied the knot in November 2018, a month before the band returned with "Victory". The album was due for release in early 2019 but Blue-Conners asked if the project could be delayed as he feared that the intense promotional schedule would interfere with his new marriage.

On June 20th 2019, Weekend revealed the title of the album via Twitter. On the same platform, the band slowly began to reveal the artwork for the record on June 27th, showing it piece by piece before completing the artwork at midnight on June 28th. The cover is noted for its "brash" and "shocking" design, moving away from the more conservative and understated artwork the band previously opted for. The artwork features the members shirtless with body paint and make-up effects applied to them, set against a "purposely garish" collage of "bad renders" of sinister images. Some controversy arose regarding the depiction of a condom wrapper and occult references on the cover. The album was made available to pre-order on October 6th 2019.



Writing & Recording

In a summer 2018 interview, Riley Hamilton stated that the group were sitting on "well over 60 songs" for the project and that they were aiming to choose between 12 and 15 songs for the album. Many of these songs were registered to ASCAP around the same time but were ultimately scrapped. Later that year, Weekend set out on a new approach for the conception of the album which involved cutting off outside help. The group made a conscious decision to make their third album a far more introspective and truthful record, tapping into subjects that only the five of them have experienced together. This marks the first time that the band have not written with Sara Hollywood - a writer signed to Five Pesky Kids, who Weekend often cite as "the hidden sixth member" on account of her songwriting input since the first album.

Blue-Conners, Hamilton, Holmes, Ward and Wellington all wrote numerous songs for inclusion. The band wrote together, in small groups and on their own which resulted in a wide array of songs to choose from. Since its inception, Weekend knew that this third album was to be an 80's rock-pop styled affair, expanding from the sounds they played with on the previous album. Oscar Ward stated that the sound "compliments the lyrics beautifully" and that the "eclectic mix of soaring anthems, catchy hooks, tearjerker ballads and jaunty pop tunes all come together to tell our story so far".

Dustyn Blue-Conners, like on previous albums, has a writing credit on every song included. He also wrote three tracks alone. Riley Hamilton is second with six tracks co-penned. Scott Wellington has five writing credits to his name while Billy Holmes and Oscar Ward have four, respectively.

Critics have noted the vocal development of Billy Holmes and Riley Hamilton, praising their growth and spike in confidence over the years, becoming as forceful and dominant as Oscar Ward and Dustyn Blue-Conners on the records. Scott Wellington, however, revealed that his confidence has "taken a knock" over the constant criticism of his vocal abilities therefore, he has willingly asked for minimum solo airtime on this album



Music

"Welcome to the Real World", Weekend's first album in four years, contains 12 tracks and will have no region specific bonus tracks. All 12 songs will be released worldwide as standard with no deluxe variant of the album being available. The album is a mix of upbeat, mid-tempo and ballad tracks, with an overall 80's rock-pop inspired vibe encompassing the album. Their second studio release, "About Time", saw the band tap into a 70's and 80's influenced stadium rock sound which in turn inspired the retro sounds of this upcoming set too. The group opted to focus on a more pop oriented "throwback" sound this time around as opposed to the rockier tones of their previous release.

The themes explored on this album have been described as "darker" and "far more honest" than anything the group had written before. The band have often been cited as role models and perfect examples of young men in the modern world; pushing boundaries, promoting inclusion and diversity as well as throwing out typical Hollywood and boy band tropes. The band do not use gender leaning pronouns in their music, allowing listeners to adapt and interpret how they like. Wanting to expand on this, the band made a conscious effort to write more candidly on this set. The overall theme of the album is stepping into adulthood and seeing the "real" world. Some topics explored throughout the album are; peer pressure, self-criticism, drug abuse, homophobia, toxic masculinity, sex, pressures of fame, love and friendship.



Singles

"Victory" was released as the album's lead single on December 17th 2018. It marked Weekend's first release since "Only Just Begun" in 2015. The single debuted atop of the charts and remained their for four non-consecutive weeks. It has since became Weekend's best-selling single and is still charting and selling well ten months after release.

"Our Song" was released as the second single from the album on July 8th 2019. The track also debuted at #1, giving the group their fifth consecutive chart topper and seventh overall. The single was well-received by fans and critics alike and has been hailed as their most "poppy" and "radio-friendly" release since their debut era in 2012.

"Be A Man" was released as the third single from the album on September 30th 2019. The single received universal praise for its lyrics which tackle toxic masculinity and homophobic societal views. It debuted atop of the charts, giving the band their third #1 single from this album, their sixth consecutive one and their eighth overall.



Track Listing

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Welcome to the Real World
(D.Blue-Conners)

Our Song
(D.Blue-Conners, R.Hamilton, B.Holmes, O.Ward, S.Wellington)

LDN Dusk
(D.Blue-Conners, R.Hamilton, B.Holmes)

Hard
(D.Blue-Conners, R.Hamilton)

Victory
(D.Blue-Conners, R.Hamilton, S.Wellington)

Where You Gonna Go?
(D.Blue-Conners, S.Wellington)

Be A Man
(D.Blue-Conners, R.Hamilton, B.Holmes)

One for the Road
(D.Blue-Conners, O.Ward, S.Wellington)

Touch & Go
(D.Blue-Conners, O.Ward)

Poster Boy
(D.Blue-Conners, R.Hamilton, B.Holmes, O.Ward, S.Wellington)

The Sun's On Us
(D.Blue-Conners)

Circles
(D.Blue-Conners)

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DENEIL // MERCEDES // VICTORIA BLACK // MICHELLE GREEN // CHICAGO NOBODY
REUBEN // CHRISTOPHER HUDSON // BLAKE // ASHLEY GRIMMIE
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#2 Posted : 10 October 2019 05:10:57(UTC)
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Artist: Weekend
Title: Welcome to the Real World
Genre(s): Pop, Electropop, Synthpop
Length: 4:56
Writers: D.Blue-Conners
Producers: LosOscuros, Dustyn Blue-Conners
Label: Five Pesky Kids
From The Album: Welcome to the Real World

Welcome to the Real World is a song recorded by Australian-British-Irish boy band Weekend. It serves as the titular and opening track of their third studio album. The track was written solely by the youngest member of the group, Dustyn Blue-Conners. He also mixed, arranged and co-produced the song with LosOscuros, a production duo who have worked with the band since their debut record. The song is heavily inspired by pop in the 1980's, combining retro styled, synth produced sounds along with the rockier, live instrument styling that Weekend is known for. "Welcome to the Real World" establishes the overall theme of the album; harsh realities and the ugly truth. The song talks about the boys wanting to bury their heads in the sand just for a day to escape the seemingly never-ending chaos and negativity going on in the world. It also references adulthood and the responsibilities that come with it after turning 18.

Dustyn Blue-Conners initially wrote the basis of the song back in late 2017 but shelved it after not being happy with how it was turning out. The track remained untouched for almost a year until Weekend decided to throw out all the material they had worked on for their then-upcoming album and head in a different direction. Wanting a more raw and honest approach for the third album, Dustyn brought the song back to life, feeling that its candid lyrics about the state of the world would work well with their new theme. Blue-Conners reworked the song and even co-produced it before presenting it to the band again. Dustyn stated that the song has a double meaning; reflecting the mental toll the world is taking on people and also the privilege that some have as they're able to shut off and pretend real problems aren't happening.

Dustyn Blue-Conners wrote:
"There's a lot of heavy topics discussed on this album. Going into it, we decided to be far more candid and personal than ever before. Opening the album, we wanted something that's upbeat enough to draw the listener in but that also has meaning, not just a fun, disposable song. Welcome to the Real World fit perfectly and we even decided to name the album after it! Very proud moment because it was basically just me involved in the creation of the track and then the LosOscuros guys came in to take it to the next level."

"The song has two sides to it. You can hear it as a total escapism track and, on paper, that's what it is. It's about wanting to run away from all the bad things. It's about switching off the news and pretending their isn't a war going on. Mental health days and wellness are important. However, on the flip side, it's showing how ignorant people can be. It shows how easy it is for privileged people to act like nothing is happening because it isn't having a big impact on them. Sonically, it's a catchy and breezy pop song. Very "la la la" head in the clouds type stuff, which is the mindset of a lot of people. Starting the album off with that and following it up with a lot of tracks with more serious issues was also intentional. You can only keep your head in the sand for so long before reality creeps back in and bites you on the butt!"




Welcome to the Real World

All
Billy
Dustyn
Oscar
Riley
Scott

Shut up and drive, do I really need a reason?
It's my own mind, I can change it like the seasons
So sick of asking questions and praying for guidance
So tired of the chains and unconscious compliance
I need more bad news like a damn hole in the head
All this stuff makes me wanna just stay in bed


And should anyone ask, I'm on a whole other planet today
It's none of your concern, don't send a search party
These conversations, they all just contaminate my air
Don't look for words of wisdom, I really don't care


I blew out my eighteenth candle
They said "welcome to the real world"
It all became too much to handle
As all the chaos started to unfurl
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
I'll try this again some other time
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no


Why are the facts so much stranger than fiction?
Think I understand the anger of our whole population
Pawns in a game, we're all stalling the race
I'm running for the hills, I'm choosing my own pace
Everyone's at odds, trembling finger on the trigger
I'm ducking for cover before heads get any bigger


Oh, and if anyone asks, if anybody should care at all
I've ran out the gate, got bored of climbing these walls
Stop wasting our time, you can spare me the lecture
I wanna go and paint myself a prettier picture


I blew out my eighteenth candle
They said "welcome to the real world"
It all became too much to handle
As all the chaos started to unfurl
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
I'll try this again some other time
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no


May come as a surprise 'cause normally this ain't my style
But these circuits are fried, I have to switch off for a while
I'm all washed out, feels like the heavens are always pouring
I have to go right now, maybe things will be OK come morning
I can't sit around and stew in anymore misery
If you're looking for me, cloud nine is where I'll be


I blew out my eighteenth candle
They said "welcome to the real world"
It all became too much to handle
As all the chaos started to unfurl
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
I'll try this again some other time
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no


I blew out my eighteenth candle
They said "welcome to the real world"
It all became too much to handle
As all the chaos started to unfurl
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
I'll try this again some other time
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no


Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no
Not today, not today, not today, not today, no


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DENEIL // MERCEDES // VICTORIA BLACK // MICHELLE GREEN // CHICAGO NOBODY
REUBEN // CHRISTOPHER HUDSON // BLAKE // ASHLEY GRIMMIE
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#3 Posted : 10 October 2019 10:05:44(UTC)
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Artist: Weekend
Title: Our Song
Genre(s): Pop, Synthpop, Rock-Pop
Length: 3:10
Writers: D.Blue-Conners, R.Hamilton, B.Holmes, S.Wellington, O.Ward
Producer: Andrew Watt
Label: Five Pesky Kids
From The Album: Welcome to the Real World

Our Song is a song by Australian-British-Irish pop group Weekend. It served as the second single released from the album as well as the second song on the tracklist. Like the project's lead single, "Victory", it too showcases a natural progression in Weekend's sound, retaining their 80's inspired pop-rock sounds but edging towards a softer, synth-based pop approach as opposed to the stadium rock tinged tunes heard on their sophomore album, "About Time". The song was written by all five of the Weekend members and produced by Andrew Watt, the first time he has collaborated with the band. "Our Song" is a story about a strong, lifelong friendship or relationship. On the surface, it comes across as a love song dedicated to a partner but in actuality, Weekend wrote the song about their strong friendship and how they aspire to keep pushing ahead despite all of the setbacks they have and will continue to endure. The track references their love of music, name dropping some of their favourite acts such as Madonna and Queen and creates a mental picture of a road trip with the five members of the band.

The core of the track was written by Dustyn Blue-Conners, creating the bulk of the lyrics and the melody on his own with his acoustic guitar. Dustyn is a prolific songwriter, penning some of the best-selling songs of all-time and being the only member of Weekend to have a writing credit on every track. Weekend rarely write together as a five-piece - either writing in smaller groups or individually before showcasing the results to the others. In the case of "Our Song", Blue-Conners was unhappy with a few lines and wanted a new bridge entirely, thus bringing in the other four members to work on the song. Due to the personal lyrics, Blue-Conners also felt that it was "essential" that Hamilton, Holmes, Ward and Wellington had creative input as well. Speaking of the track, Dustyn said;

Dustyn Blue-Conners wrote:
"The whole concept of this new album, "Welcome to the Real World", is that we're being more honest with our listeners. We've been open books on the public front but our music has been a little more sugarcoated for our demographic. We're grown now and we have different things we want to say. "Our Song" not only expresses our love for one another but it doubles as an ode to our fans as well. We've written love songs but none as personal as this. We've never publicly broadcast how much our friendship means. I love these boys and I love our supporters. They're all like family to me and, as soppy as it sounds, I wanted to express that. I don't care if it's uncool or "weird" for men to express things like this. I don't care. I love them. This really is OUR song."


The song is noted for Riley Hamilton's vocal performance and prominence, aside from it's introspective lyrical content. Weekend's choruses are usually noted for their "anthem-like" chants: big in sound and often sung in unison with huskier, more "rock" oriented voices like Oscar Ward and Dustyn Blue-Conners being the most prevalent. Hamilton is known for his falsetto as well as his growth as a performer, sounding stronger with each album. He sings in his falsetto in the chorus, immediately given it a softer sound than many other Weekend hits. Billy Holmes also shares a segment of the chorus, showcasing his strong and smooth "R&B" styled voice. He also opens up the song, again giving it a far more subdued and silkier vibe than expected. Oscar Ward takes on the second verse and a pre-chorus, sounding more relaxed than his earlier "punchier" vocal style after surgery on his chords in 2016. Dustyn Blue-Conners, often regarded as the strongest singer, has the third verse as well as a large section of the bridge. He too sings in a softer, airier voice rather than his usual husky deep tones. His Irish accent still shines through. Scott Wellington only sings a pre-chorus. His naturally thin and light voice work well with the track.



Our Song

All
Billy
Dustyn
Oscar
Riley
Scott

It's been a long road but paradise is still ahead
Cruising top down with the wind messing our hair
CD in the dashboard, we go way back like old school
Blaring Queen and Madonna 'cause we're just that cool
Keep it repeating, keep it repeating


We act like our hearts have never been broken
As if those final blows had never been spoken
The wheels could come off, you'd still be right here
Our never ending melody, oh so sweet to my ears
Keep it repeating, keep it repeating


With you, the music sounds better, I can't listen alone
Let's stay in this endless summer, living life in stereo


Never gonna lose the rhythm, never gonna lose our souls
No time to be down and out, come on, play me the crescendo

And sometimes, you know that we'll be dancing out of time
Spontaneously bursting out every single line

Everyone will be singing our song
Everyone will be singing our song
Lighters up for the chorus, they're playing it for us


I remember the nerves and innocence of way back then
We've all grown now but the thrills, they never end
Keeping me on my toes, you know how to keep me keen
Eyes still burning bright like we were still sixteen
Keep it repeating, keep it repeating


With you, the music sounds better, I can't listen alone
Let's stay in this endless summer, living life in stereo


Never gonna lose the rhythm, never gonna lose our souls
No time to be down and out, come on, play me the crescendo

And sometimes, you know that we'll be dancing out of time
Spontaneously bursting out every single line

Everyone will be singing our song
Everyone will be singing our song
Lighters up for the chorus, they're playing it for us


And as the years go by, you'll still be at my side
We'll be a little older but I'm not sure about the wise
Still cruising, drawing hearts in a breath on the window
Bring the beat back before it fades away with the outro

The seasons, they come and they go
Oh, the years, they come and they go
The seasons, they come and they go
Oh, the years, they come and they go
But we will never sing our song alone


Never gonna lose the rhythm, never gonna lose our souls
No time to be down and out, come on, play me the crescendo

And sometimes, you know that we'll be dancing out of time
Spontaneously bursting out every single line

Everyone will be singing our song
Everyone will be singing our song
Lighters up for the chorus, they're playing it for us


The seasons, they come and they go
Oh, the years, they come and they go
The seasons, they come and they go
Oh, the years, they come and they go
But we will never sing our song alone


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DENEIL // MERCEDES // VICTORIA BLACK // MICHELLE GREEN // CHICAGO NOBODY
REUBEN // CHRISTOPHER HUDSON // BLAKE // ASHLEY GRIMMIE
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