Coke Weed


On Coke Weed’s “Mary Weaver”, the New England-based quintet’s fourth LP, the band’s longstanding love for the glam/art-rock axis, class of West Berlin, comes to the fore. The result is a panorama that encompasses Bolan’s boogie, the kraut/R&B hybrids of Bowie’s “Station to Station”, and the desperate romanticism of Roxy Music and Iggy Pop.

As Coke Weed continues to refine its trademark hard-edged choogle, “Mary Weaver” brings a new emphasis on grimy dance work-outs. On songs like “The Chill” and “Dead Man Walking”, the band takes aim at a deserted club-land haunted by echoes of ESG, CAN and the Chic Organization.

These new textures illuminate the lyrical themes of romantic and chemical alienation that run through the album. Lead singer Nina D. gives her most controlled and enigmatic performance to date. Drawing deeply from her sunbaked Florida-goth roots, Nina’s voice glides sweetly as she delivers a terrifying treatise on the cost of love. The darkness of the subject matter is offset by the Weed’s color show of interweaving guitar expressionism, which rides a crest of the band’s toughest grooves to date.


AMAZING RADIO Record of the Week:

“…it’s interesting what ‘Dead Man Walking’ is reminiscent of; a bit of Orange Juice, some CSS, ‘a groovier Warpaint’ said someone in the office, Friends, and the percussion had me thinking of !!!. The track is a richly layered soundscape, where you’ll pick up on something else with each listen.”


“’Dead Man Walking’, is a funky, trippy number that echoes with the coolness of mid-career David Bowie. And like Bowie’s classics, ‘Dead Man Walking’ is highly infectious and likely going to cause involuntary spasms and gyrations.“

AV CLUB premier “Dead Man Walking”:

“The track finds Coke Weed putting the emphasis on its poppiest elements, making ‘Dead Man Walking’ the perfect accompaniment for any trip to the beach or other assorted summer escapades. Vocalist Nina Donghia cuts through the washed out reverb to prove that even as the band ages it is no less potent.”

CEREAL & SOUNDS premier of “Dead Man Walking”:

“The springy lead single, ‘Dead Man Walking’ is served up with light smatterings of reverb-y guitars that vaguely resembles that of David Bowie’s ‘Sound and Vision.’ Nina Donghia’s placid vocals pierces through the groovy mix, as she pleads to someone ‘let me lose control / for just one night,’ and whatever hijinx that’ll ensue. Early indications point to Mary Weaver being an upright nod to mid-70’s art rock.”

WNYC premier of “Dead Man Walking”:

“Nina D. of the band Coke Weed is having none of it. Her vocals are every bit as laser-focused as Stephen Malkmus’s are on those Pavement albums. Which is to say, not very. But like Malkmus’s, her casual vocals are crucial to the band’s overall sound. In the case of Coke Weed, she adds an element of surprise, and of coloring outside the lines, to music that otherwise owes a lot to ‘70s R&B, early disco and electronic music.”

ALLSTON PUDDING premier of “Dead Man Walking”:

“The song is a breezy psychedelic number with an effortless balance of its reverb-soaked guitars and vocals. Coke Weed has had time to perfect their craft, and it shows. ‘Dead Man Walking’ locks into a groove so hooky, you need to give it a listen below.”


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