WEDNESDAY WEEK (Buy CDs by this artist)
Betsy's House EP (WarfRat) 1983
What We Had (Enigma) 1987
Named for the Undertones' song but not sounding it, Los Angeles' Wednesday Week two Callan sisters (drums, guitar/vocals) plus a non-sibling female bassist play fairly simple rock-pop with some outside assistance on the five-song Betsy's House EP. The music is nice but nothing special, while the lyrics are fairly self-aware, addressing the generation gap, uncertain romance, individualism and alienation. Kristi Callan is a winsome singer and an adequate guitarist; the band is talented but at this point slight.
Expanded to a quartet with the addition of a guitar alumnus from the Last, Wednesday Week cut a far more impressive follow-up, produced by Don Dixon. What We Had sounds like a cross between early Bangles (with more rock energy and simpler vocal arrangements), Chrissie Hynde and the Smithereens, with a few outstanding songs ("Why," "All That Again") and consistently spirited playing. The tape and CD add a bonus track.[Ira Robbins]
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