The Tweeks: The Tweeks
By Stephanie Corne
Formerly known as the Gladeyes, The Tweeks self-titled, sophomore album on Borderline Records gets off to a promising start with Happened Before sporting a late Beatles sound with controlled vocals and sweet n sour guitar. Chaser tune, I Hope She’s Not, offers a tongue-in-cheek tale of an unwanted pregnancy; married to bouncy guitars and playful whistling. Third stop and pre-release single, I’m Keen, is also catchy with an all-too-familiar Weezer hook. Then, the boys from the frosty South drop the ball. Tracks four through nine are a bland wash of sleepy, generic chord changes. Simplistic song structures self defeat, becoming almost monotone. The last track Passionfruit attempts to save the day with its delightfully coy, yet colourful melody and brit pop sensibility, but it’s too little, too late. The Tweeks deliver a harmless and inoffensive, recording of pop, grunge, indie garb and there’s little that is particularly memorable. Haunted by the myriad of bands they have drawn influence from, these Dunedinites have fallen prey to the ‘derivative’ monster.