Premiere: Unrest and Hustle on Bottler’s Dark, Brooding “Weekend”

Weekend - Bottler

Living doesn’t always keep you alive

Here’s the thing about our dreams and aspirations: They’re a lot harder to realize than our parents and kindergarten teachers might have led us to believe. The old adage rings true: You don’t get anywhere without hard work, and a little luck. Take that hard work away, and the little luck won’t do you any good in the long run. NYC’s Bottler pay tribute to the hustle on “Weekend,” a song about the struggle to have your cake and eat it, too.

Be one to bend,
A connoisseur of pencil in.
Split days, settle.
Your life’s a jail.
Listen: “Weekend” – Bottler

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Weekend,” the sophomore single from New York City’s Bottler. The experimental electronic pop duo of Pat Butler and Phil Shore craft a dark, brooding and dreamy landscape with layers of synth, guitar and reverb. It’s the perfect environment for Pat Butler’s warm croon to cut through and hit home; he flexes his range as he churns out a passionate evocation of avocations in the song’s chorus:

Sneak out, do it on the weekend,
You love it.
Living doesn’t always keep you alive.
Weekend - Bottler

Weekend – Bottler

“‘Weekend’ was one of the first Bottler songs that was written,” the band explains. “It’s an ode to weekend warriors, about loving to do something more than anything but making it an afterthought in your life.” Because life doesn’t work out the way we intended, but we can still fight for control over it, steering it ever so slowly in the right direction.

It’s a far cry from a happy song, but “Weekend” rings exceptionally deep for anyone and everyone whose dreams have been – how do we say this? – half-shelved. “It’s just that everybody has to have some kind of hobby,” sings Butler toward the song’s emphatic close.

Bottler struggle to not be to pessimistic and cynical about the whole thing. If everyone has that extra activity, it isn’t really extra anymore, is it? Butler sings, “Could it be that maybe someday you will grow up, give up?” The millennial generation has a particular penchant for side gigs, an indicator that younger adults are refusing to give up on their passions and dreams in exchange for that solid job and stable life. Ideally, such a trend results in more innovation, disruption, and substance: Three things our culture thrives off and must have in order to persist.

The one you are,
And one you fake,
Don’t come around,
Every day.
Compact the love and the joy and hate
That you’ve ever felt into several days.
Reserve the things that give you a taste
Bottler © 2017

Bottler © 2017

It takes profound amounts of time and energy to make something out of nothing, without exception! Pat Butler refused to give up on his dream of making music, and now he’s slowly building his band’s credentials – song by song, day by day. Patience pays off, as long as you continue to push, climb, and make noise. Bottler capture the internal unrest and anxiety of the dream-chasing weekend warrior on “Weekend.” Give it a listen: Maybe it’ll induce an early midlife crisis.

And don’t give up on your dreams.

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com