I have to admit, when The Weakerthans released their first album back in 1997, I didn't quite understand the appeal. All I knew is that frontman John K. Samson used to be one of the guys in the politically-charged punk band Propagandhi, and this sounded nothing like Propagandhi. It was all slow and like... emotional or something. Now some 10 years later, I'm a bit older and grown out of the punk rock thing, and I hear The Weakerthans with new ears. I've really warmed up to them over the past decade, and I find it funny how this new album Reunion Tour (not actually a live album, as the title might have you believe) connected with me right from the very first listen. They're a very Canadian band, with possibly more Canadiana references per song than Joel Plaskett (famous hockey goalie Gump Worsley and curling being just a couple of the topics at hand), but I'm not sure how many people outside of Canada are familiar with them. The new record is being released on Epitaph so that's gotta mean something. Still, if you've never heard them before, they're great for fans of indie rock with a folky, heartfelt core. Reunion Tour hits stores on September 25th.
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