Red EP is the latest offering from San Francisco based post-punks Weekend. Coming on the back of their late-2010 debut album Sports, the band have toured with post-punk legends Wire and had one of their songs promote the US TV show Dexter. Since the whirlwind start to 2011, the band have had time to take a breather and get down some new songs which represent the band's life since the debut album release.

Opening track 'Sweet Sixteen' begins with some thumping drums, while big soundscapes sweep back and forth. A messy, foreboding guitar comes in and immediately reminds you of early PJ Harvey. The grimy guitar and effects give the song bags of atmosphere. Vocally it's interesting too with the voice echoing across the track, while the drums add bright explosions of sound that penetrate the gloom. It's a good slow builder that definitely leaves you wanting more. With barely a pause you're thrown into a much higher tempo on 'Hazel'. The drum leads the way this time, being more than ably supported by a great guitar and bass. There's more effects floating around here but this sound very different to the opening song. The bass guitar rumbles away underneath a really great, high tempo drumbeat which gives this a more conventional sound that the opener. What they do have in common is that they are both really good.

'Your Own Nothing' shifts gears again. It opens with a really quick, dirty beat and distorted guitars. A vocal pleads "Let me in." before a fuzzy, distorted bass joins proceedings. The synthesised effects are present again and wash across the whole track, but again this all sounds different to the previous tracks. This time the whole song seems covered in a layer of grime, feedback and distortion and it sounds wonderful. It's no real surprise this time, when 'The One You Want' again changes the sound. The band seem to be throwing ideas and different production tricks at this EP. The tempo is good again, with a lovely sounding guitar and bass, underpinned by a solid drum. Again this feels more conventional in it's structure and the main difference on this track is the production. All the instruments sound very clean, with no distortion or feedback. Vocally it's pretty nice too, with a half heard voice floating around adding a little bit of atmosphere.

'The final song, 'Golfers', switches back to the grimy, distorted guitar sound. The vocal is pretty sparse and haunting, while there are some effects rumbling away underneath. It's all very stripped back initially, before the drums kick in and the intensity starts to build. The tempo settles and some bright spots appear in the murk and the tempo then begins to pick up. There's a great change up when the drums then bass guitar move up a gear and this is another very different, equally great track to close the EP.

'On the whole this is a great EP. There's never a dull moment and the changing of tempo and production on each track makes each track feel fresh and interesting. There are some really dark and dirty moments that are great to hear, but equally when the band switch to a more conventional sound they are just as comfortable and enjoyable. Roll on the next album proper.