Bitter, Bitter Weeks: Revenge
Bitter, Bitter Weeks: Revenge
Artist Bitter, Bitter Weeks
Album Revenge
Label My Pal God Records
Released 7/19/2004
Revenge, the second for Bitter, Bitter weeks, features the same honest simplicity as 2003's self-titled debut on My Pal God Records. With contributions from Philadelphia musicians (singer-songwriter Brian Christinzio, She-haw's Beth Case, Brendan McTear) as well as Brooklyn drummer Ruth Keating of the Malarkies and K., the album opens up with lighter highs and heavier lows.

Revenge was begun in October 2002, three months before the debut record was released. While the plan was to block out time to do the record in toto, McTear and partner Amy Morrissey (who also wrote the final track, and has contributed the cover artwork on both records) quickly realized they'd be recording takes early in the morning, late at night and on days off between the paying customers who "kept the lights on". Revenge is another album of striking simplicity, showing again McTear's apparent ease with powerfully real songs.

Many of the songs on the record lament the loss of Philadelphia singer Sara Weaver of the band Swisher, whose appearance on the first album in, Water in the Basement, was her last recording before dying from Leukemia in June of 2002. Much of the record was also written in the frustrating time leading up to the War in Iraq. A demo version of the title track "Revenge" is one of the stand-out songs on volume 5 of Thurston Moore's Protest Records (a web-label dedicated to anti-war music) and it was recognized in the Village Voice as one of the best protest songs to come along in quite some time.