The Rundown: The Weakerthans are a band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada that formed in 1997 and is composed of John K. Samson, Jason Tait, Stephen Carroll, and Greg Smith. The Weakerthans have released five albums and one EP: “Fallow” (1997), “Left and Leaving” (2000), “Watermark (EP, 2001), “Reconstruction Site” (2003), “Reunion Tour” (2007), and “Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre” (2010).
In 1997 John Samson, John Sutton, and Jason Tait formed the band after being a part of several unsuccessful projects prior to The Weakerthans. After being a part of the first threee albums for the band, John Sutton left the band in 2004 and was replaced by Greg Smith. In 2005 “Left and Leaving” was named one of the ten best Canadian albums of all time in Chart magazine’s reader poll. The band’s best selling album is “Reconstruction Site“, which garnered a vast amount of attention from both the Canadian and International critics, and was the album that first got them airplay on Canadian radio. The Weakerthans’ album, “Reunion Tour“, debuted on the Nielsen SoundScan chart for Canada at #22 and #4 on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart in its first week of release.
The Weakerthans aren’t anything astoundingly new, but they are a great sound. The vocals, at times, remind me of They Might Be Giants. The music is true to its Indie form, with sprits of Rock and just a hint of Pop. The guitars are quick, the drums create an excellent backdrop for the rapid chord progressions, and the lyrics are smart and catchy. There really isn’t anything not to like about this band. As their sound has evolved (like all good bands’ sounds do) they have strayed a tad from where they started, but everything they are doing and have done is pure excellence. MarsBands.com likes The Weakerthans because they are stronger than mainstream crap.