Weekend is the trio of Alison Statton, Spike Williams and Simon Booth.
Alison Statton began her recording career with Philip and Stuart Moxham in Young Marble Giants, one of the most distinctive and important bands to come out of the UK post-punk/independent scene. YMGs dissolved in 1981, at which point Statton began writing with Wrexham native Mark ‘Spike’ Williams, one of the brains behind Z Block Records and a member of the band Reptile Ranch. They joined forces with guitarist Simon Booth to form Weekend, and recorded the exquisite demo versions of ‘Drumbeat’ (later titled ‘Drumbeat For Baby’), ‘Red Planes’, ‘Nostalgia’ and ‘Summerdays’ that are collected on The ’81 Demos (Blackest Ever Black, 2014).
Jazz became an increasingly prominent component of the Weekend sound, and by the time of La Varieté – their sole studio LP – they had welcomed jazzmen Larry Stabbins (saxophone), Roy Dodds (drums) and Dawson Miller (percussion) into their line-up. But despite its idiosyncratic brilliance and long-lasting influence (Belle & Sebastian and Kalima are but two groups who owe it an enormous debt), nothing on La Varieté, or on the handful of singles and live recordings Weekend put their name to before disbanding in 1983, comes close to matching the raw, impressionistic power of their ’81 demos.