The first full length by The Weight is called Ten Mile Grace and came out on Sabot productions a few years back. It is, very likely, one of my five most listened to records of all time. Perfect production, astonishingly good songs and amazing lyrics. This record is the complete package. Needless to say, I had very high expectations for this new LP. After being bummed on the name and the artwork of the record, I was concerned that the move to Brooklyn had done this band in. I am not a big fan of titles that seem to be irony laden and I am not a fan of indie rock/hipster style artwork. However, one spin of the LP and I realized that I had nothing to worry about. This record is a C-L-A-S-S-I-C! The Weight made a second record that doesn’t surpass the first, but meets it head on. Goddamn, what a songwriter this gentleman is, to say nothing of the perfect voice and fantastic production. Joseph Plunkett is someone that can hold his own with Steve Earle, Uncle Tupelo, Drive by Truckers and, possibly, even Lucinda Williams—that is a tall order. Are Men has blazed its way to the top of my year end list and I will be playing this amazing record for years to come.
–frame (Colonel, myspace.com/thecolonelrecords)