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Meet The Weeks: Mixing southern swagger with indie-rock edge

Kings Of Leon’s Mississippi-born protégés are ready to break out with their fifth full-length LP

Classic Rock’s High Hopes slots are usually reserved for eager young whippersnappers fresh out of rock’n’roll’s starting gate, not groups who released their first record more than 10 years ago. But we’ll make an exception for The Weeks, who mix Skynyrd-like swagger with Kings Of Leon-style indie rock, and in true southern style are supremely relaxed about their arduous, decade-long route to this point.

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“When we all lived together in the same place, The Allman Brothers’ Live At Fillmore East was played all the time,” Cyle Barnes recalls. ‘It was never off the stereo. Even now when we play it on the road it just rips the van apart. The version of Whipping Post on it is just incredible – one of my favourite tracks of all time.”

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