There are a lot of aphorisms about second albums: “It takes 20 years to make your first album and nine months to make the second;” “the first album is about life’s big issues; the second is about how it sucks to be in a band.”
Those, and many more, are cheeky ways to define what is commonly described as “the sophomore slump.”
Weekend guitarist/vocalist Shaun Durkan has certainly gotten plenty of feedback concerning Jinx, the band’s second release. And while no one has exactly accused Durkan of slumping on Jinx, there’s certainly been a fair amount of grumbling about the differences between the new album and its louder and more visceral predecessor, 2010’s Sports.
Durkan feels as though Weekend accomplished what they all set out to do with Jinx and is content to allow the album to find its own audience, both within the band’s fan base and in the wider listening world.
Weekend performs a free show Wednesday, Feb. 15 at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine with guests Nothing. Click here for details.