Instrumental Twang Surf Psych Spy Rock for the 22nd Century
Spring tour was big fun! Played bigger venues/stages, made a bunch of new friends, got folks dancing (!!). Here are some photos from the jaunt.
Our long-in-production deluxe, collectible
12-song vinyl LP, bundled with a 27-song CD, "Control Is In Your
Command: The Best Of The Weisstronauts 1999-2012" is available!
completely re-mastered from the ground up (specifically &
separately for vinyl LP
& CD.) Includes two previously unreleased songs, plus a newly
remixed song. Details and the ability to purchase this are now on our LISTEN/BUY
page. You WON'T regret it!
Pete, Nate, Jeff and Kenny have been moonlighting with NYC-based Jack Grace Band, and its spin-off Van Hayride (yes, a country-tinged Van Halen tribute band!) The latter recently toured as opening act for Puss N Boots. Keep an eye out for these 'Nauts members to pop up now and then with Jack and VHR.
Back in the 1990's the 'Nauts "forefathers" were known as Pete Weiss & the Rock Band.
They put out a couple of subversive, wildly diverse rock albums before
calling it quits (and morphing into what eventually became the
Weisstronauts.) Well, in October of 2012 they reunited in the studio
and created a new 10-song album. And it's quite good... possibly their
best work. Check out the amazingly detailed shot-for-shot remake video
of PW&RB's version of Tracey Ullman's "They Don't Know" HERE.
Sunday June 21, 2015 Lawn On D
Make Music Boston, 420 D Street
Saluting the father of the electric guitar and the inventor of
multitrack recording, Les Paul, on the 100th anniversary of his
birth. This is part of the Boston stop of Les Paul's Big Sound Experience,
a travelling show that jumps from city to city. Bands throughout
the day... Weisstronauts take the stage at 4:30pm sharp!
Friday June 26, 2015 Luthier's Co-Op
Our first time playing this super-cool guitar store/bar/performance venue! With Half Ached, and Ray Mason Band. Weisstro-time: 9:30-11pm.
Saturday June 27, 2015 Flagship Brewery
Staten Island NY
Two sets, from roughly 8pm-11pm
"Please do not disregard my
mind-blowing experience caused by
music...The fact that the Weisstronauts didn't exist 25 years ago
should be considered an embarrassment to all musicians."
Curtis, co-owner/chef, Plough & Stars
there’s the Weisstronauts, who toss major surf rock influences into a
blender with everything else they’ve ever even sort of liked and pull
out songs built on combinations that look insane on paper but
absolutely kill once you hear them."
- Richard Bouchard, Boston Band Crush 9/15/2010
"Wish I could play with you
more often than once in a lifetime. Definitely the most fun I've ever
had in a band."
Yule (ex-Velvet Underground) following the 2006 tour
"You guys were the best thing EVER!"
artist (Let’s Active, Sneakers) & producer (REM, Velvet Crush, Game
Theory, Pavement) following a 2008 show at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl in New
"You guys are better than Maiden"
producer/engineer (P. Diddy, Pantera, Mary J. Blige, Notorious BIG, the
Barnies) stopping by the Rodeo Bar in NYC after an Iron Maiden concert
"You guys were totally way better than Maiden"
- Paul’s friend Sean (no, not Combs) in agreement
"If there’s such a thing as a forward-thinking surf band, Boston’s The
Weisstronauts are it. Avoiding the purism that makes so many
instrumental retro-fetishists seem redundant, The Weisstronauts combine
vintage surf and Nashville chicken-pickin’ with cartoon zaniness and
spaghetti Western intrigue. They often recall NRBQ’s offbeat musical
humor as much as Link Wray’s reverb-drenched Tarantino fodder."
- Jack Silverman, Nashville Scene
wonderfully-monikered Mojo Flucke recently interviewed Pete for
Popdose. They chatted about the creative process, garage
rock, monkeys with fezes, etc. Check it out HERE.
There's a sweet review of Instrotainment!
on Epinions HERE.
New England Music Scrapbook News interviewed Pete Weiss about the
Weisstronauts and Verdant Studio. Interview is HERE,
about a third down the page.