Release Date: Jan 22, 2016
Record label: Rock Action
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Though they announced their reunion back in 2012, the release of Weem bookends a hiatus of almost seven years for Bellshill quintet De Rosa. Now a trio in their latest guise, it’s hard to imagine they’ve been sat on their hands all that time as this third album arrives with a similar progression and confidence to that which characterised majestic sophomore effort, Prevention. Ornate, sometimes grand and shot through with their distinct brand of colloquial folk rock, Weem is beguiling from the first listen and only gets better the more you cosy on up with it.
Operational since the early 2000s, Lanarkshire trio De Rosa released their fuzz’n’ feedback-drenched 2006 debut Mend and its ’09 follow-up Prevention through influential Glaswegian label Chemikal Underground. They’ve transferred to their on-off touring buddies Mogwai’s Rock Action imprint for their long-awaited third, Weem. Whether the album’s enigmatic title refers to a cavern, the village of the same name in Perthshire or something else entirely remains unclear.