Before Jasmyn Burke started Weaves, she was a member of the Toronto three-piece Rattail. You could say she has a bit of a hair obsession.
"Hair is thick, hair is thin, hair is long, hair is short. It's so important to people," she explains cryptically. "And I just think the way we make this music is a bit of weaving in and out of two brains, mine and Morgan Waters's."
Weaves began as Burke's post-Rattail solo project based around her looped guitar and vocals. Waters came aboard after catching a show and asking to collaborate. Burke describes the music as "soul-grunge" and "sludge pop," blending her scrappier approach to music-making with Morgan's more structured style.
They've only released one song, Hulahoop (via Bandcamp), but it's so strong it's already garnering them buzz and opportunities. There are plenty more recordings to come, Burke says. Shows, too. They play a handful of official and unofficial NXNE shows, which follow on the heels of their first gig ever, opening for Hooded Fang a few weeks ago.
But back to hair.
"Weaves is, ya know, like hair," Burke says. "It gets in the way and flies in your face and sometimes you don't know what to do with it, but if you cut it right, it's a showpiece."
If you like Weaves, also check out Braids at Comfort Zone, tonight (Thursday, June 13), 11 pm, NXNE wristband or $15; or Chairs, at May, tonight (Thursday, June 13), 10 pm, NXNE wristband or $12.