The Weekend Kids are back. After almost a year-long hiatus, the Edmonton punk four-piece—Andrew Nguyen (lead vocals, guitar), Pete Nguyen (lead guitar, vocals), Philam Nguyen (bass, vocals) and Daminh Nguyen (drums)—is returning to the stage. But what have the boys been up to since we saw them last?
“Getting old, growing up,” Andrew says with a laugh. “We’re always so busy. Growing up just made us that much busier.”
Growing up is an inevitable process that happens to us all, musicians included. Rest assured, the Weekend Kids are still kids; don’t expect the band to reflect its coming-of-age by becoming the Weekend Adults, much like hip-hop artist Bow Wow, who dropped the Lil’ from his name in 2002 because he was getting older.
Still, it seems as though the Weekend Kids have done a lot of growing up in the past year. Andrew recently got married and bought a house; Philam is getting ready to get married this summer—the boys just returned from his bachelor party in Nelson, BC—and Pete is “always busy” being the art director for Avenue Edmonton. However, the foursome are at a point where they can focus on the band again.
“We’re itching for it. It’s summer. That’s another thing—we don’t like playing in the winter,” Andrew says. “It’s been so long, and people [kept] asking us when we’re going to play again. It’s not that we didn’t want to play at all. We just wanted to take a breather. We put a lot of time into it before.”
The Weekend Kids will be playing the classics at its upcoming show, but with some new songs mixed in as well. Fans will notice a maturity in the new songs, which Andrew explains will have more substance to the lyrics, and the sound will be heavier and faster. An album release isn’t in the band’s near future, but that doesn’t mean a new record won’t be coming down the pipe eventually.
Growing up has also meant some changes to the group’s dynamics. Previously, songwriting was a process that involved the group getting together to write a song, which meant churning them out much more quickly. Now, as a result of busy schedules, writing a song takes much longer since the band is unable to get together to work on them. Andrew describes it as a “take home” process where he might write some verses and then sends it to the others, who will look at it when they have the time.
“I might write some verses or whatever, but we still all have a say in it,” Andrew explains. “The songs come out a bit slower. We’ll write a song and forget about it—sometimes for the better. When we come back [and look at the song], we’ll change something and it’ll sound better than it did the last time.”
Fri, Jul 17 (7 pm)
With Old Wives, the Ativans
Filthy McNasty’s, $5