From left, Kevin Johnson, Shaun Durkan and Abe Pedroza make up Weekend. (Courtesy Eli Marias)

Weekend brings post-punk sound back to town

Bottom of the Hill, a club replete with cheap beer, loud music and famously late set times, hardly seems like an ideal setting for a wholesome family reunion.

However, when Weekend — a post-punk trio formerly of San Francisco now based in New York City — plays the venerable club this week, frontman Shaun Durkan expects plenty of kith and kin in attendance.

“I was just up in the Bay Area for my 30th birthday hanging out with my family and they all told me that they’d be coming out for the show,” says Durkan, who went to high school in Novato. “My cousin Nick’s band [Never Young] is actually opening up for us, so it’s really going to be a family affair that night.”

The show at Bottom of the Hill is one of only four live appearances scheduled this year for the band, which needed time to recuperate after touring relentlessly behind its stellar sophomore album, 2013’s “Jinx.”

Durkan, vocalist, guitarist and chief songwriter, says Weekend recorded about five songs in December with longtime collaborator Monte Vallier, and there are plans to get in the studio again with the San Francisco-based producer.

The new material has a heavy guitar sound, a departure from the more accessible stylings of “Jinx,” which contrasted with the band’s debut “Sports,” a serious post-punk shoegaze masterpiece that married moments of dystopian, feedback-laden noise with pop-oriented underpinnings.

Durkan says that formula will play a role in developing new songs slated to appear on a to-be-announced third full-length album.

“We usually approach our tracks from the structure of a pop song,” says Durkan. “I think the goal is to find melody among a looser, almost-chaotic sound. That juxtaposition is really the backbone of our creative process.”

That same approach applies to Durkan’s ethereal vocals and interpretative lyrics, which touch upon themes of hope, a sentiment that seemingly clashes with the sound. (On “Sports,” the vocals were buried under a haze of distorted guitars; on “Jinx,” they’re more prominent.)

Weekend’s songs are often sparsely-worded, giving more impact to moments when Durkan’s vocals rise above the discordance of the surrounding sound.

“I think there is a dark romanticism to the lyrics,” says Durkan. “A lot of it is about hoping that one day you’ll find that thing that will make you complete. I think that of lot of people will probably never find that thing, but I don’t think that’s really the point. We never wanted to be a super-depressing band. I think that life is tough enough as it is — people need a few rays of sunshine.”

Where: Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.
When: 9:30 p.m. Aug. 7
Tickets: $10 to $12
Contact: (415) 626-4455,

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