Who are or what the heck is a ‘weakerthan’?

Well. The Weakerthans are a four-piece (and sometimes six-piece) Canadian indie rock band.

The amazing thing is that the entire band were in punk bands before forming weakerthan.  Why is that amazing? Listen to ‘em.

This is their song Night Windows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSk6lis_ua8

The Canadian punksters created The Weakerthans as a vehicle for a more melodic and introspective brand of songwriting than their previous projects. And, boy, did they succeed.  To me they are a little less whiny sounding Band of Horses (who I also happen to like).

The name of the band?

As quoted in the liner notes of Fallow, is a line from the 1992 film The Lover: “Go ahead, I’m weaker than you can possibly imagine.”

The alternative thought is the band’s name may also refer to a Ralph Chaplin quote from “Solidarity Forever“: “What force on Earth can be weaker than the feeble strength of one?” The band alludes to this line in the song “Pamphleteer” from the album Left and Leaving.

Left and Leaving: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgJ6soX18R8&feature=related

Regardless. Cool name.  Cool that the name may actually be that thoughtful. Cool that someone would tattoo some of their lyrics on their back.


One last song.

This one gives you a sense of Winnipeg and Canadian culture.

Sun in an Empty Room: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8se66vS90Z8&feature=relmfu


Written by Bruce