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The Weisstronauts
Instrumental Rock for the 22nd Century


News:

This is big, folks. 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 finally available! All songs completely re-mastered from the ground up (specifically & separately for vinyl LP & CD.) Includes two previously unreleased songs, plus a newly remixed song. First 100 copies include unique artwork created and signed by various band members (this is nutty and awesome stuff, btw...) Details and the ability to purchase this are now on our LISTEN/BUY page. You WON'T regret it!

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 first song, a semi-instrumental called "Ermahgerd!" You can listen/purchase and/or watch the amazing video.

Upcoming shows

May Mini-Tour:

Tuesday May 13, 2014
Armory Sound, formerly Hi-N-Dry
(basement recording studio in the Somerville Armory building)
Somerville MA
A special, intimate "tour kickoff" on our home turf.  Early show, 7pm.  This is a special edition of Armory Sound Live Series -- 
we'll be professionally recording this set for possible release.

Wednesday May 14, 2014
68 Jay Street Bar
Brooklyn NY
We're excited to play this very cool new-ish venue with our pal Jack Grace and his cast of musical cohorts!

Thursday May 15, 2014
Rodeo Bar
New York NY
Always happy to return to the Rodeo Bar.  We'll be playing two sets of instrumental twang, surf, rock, and psychedelia.  No cover at the Rodeo!

Friday May 16, 2014
Treehouse Lounge
Washington DC
Early set!  We start the evening off at 7pm and are followed by our pals the Jelly Roll Mortals and then Gramophonic, the Federal Hillbillies and See Rule Five.

Satuday May 17, 2014
MotorCo
Durham NC
A 4pm matinee appearance, as part of the annual INSTRO SUMMIT -- the world's biggest instrumental rock festival!

Monday May 19, 2014
Armory Sound, formerly Hi-N-Dry
Somerville MA
Yes, we are "bookending" this tour!  A special, intimate "tour wrap-up" on our home turf.  Early show, 7pm.  This is a special edition of Armory Sound Live Series -- 
we'll be professionally recording this set for possible release.

Friday May 23, 2014
Pleasant Valley Brewing
Saxtons River VT
Two sets at our fave Vermont venue!  Great food and drink here... Music goes from 8pm-10:30pm, no cover.

 
Recent Press/Quotes:

The good folks at Foam Totem understand what we're all about!

Boston Band Crush summed us up nicely while plugging our "Best Of" record release show.

"Please do not disregard my mind-blowing experience caused by your music...The fact that the Weisstronauts didn't exist 25 years ago should be considered an embarrassment to all musicians."
- Brendan Curtis, co-owner/chef, Plough & Stars

"Then 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 guys more often than once in a lifetime. Definitely the most fun I've ever had in a band."
- Doug Yule (ex-Velvet Underground) following the 2006 tour

"You guys were the best thing EVER!"
- Mitch Easter, artist (Let’s Active, Sneakers) & producer (REM, Velvet Crush, Game Theory, Pavement) following a 2008 show at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl in New Orleans

"You guys are better than Maiden"
- Paul Logus, 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

The 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.

Pete Weiss was interviewed by C.C. DiGuardia in Northeast Performer magazine and by John Clarkson in the U.K. webzine Pennyblackmusic.