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The Weisstronauts
Instrumental Twang Surf Psych Spy Rock for the 22nd Century


News:

In late May we'll embark on our Spring Mini-Tour! Very excited to be bringing our sounds to some new places like upstate New York, Newport RI, and Thomas WV... See dates and details below.

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! 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. 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.

Spring Mini-Tour:

Wednesday May 27, 2015
Cuisine en Locale
Somerville MA
Tour kickoff!  No cover, great food.  Music starts circa 7:30pm. 
Psuper-pswirly-psychedelic lightshow & projections courtesy of Eric Krauter!

Thursday May 28, 2015
Pleasant Valley Brewing
Saxtons River VT
8pm till 10:30pm.  No cover, great food and tap selection.

Friday May 29, 2015
B Side Ballroom & Supper Club
Oneonta NY
This will be our first time playing the B Side, though Pete & Nate played last year, as part of Jack Grace's band and LOVED the venue. Ridiculously good food, drink, vibe, sound... They care deeply about music here.

Saturday May 30, 2015
Spring Street Gallery
Saratoga Springs NY
With Greg DeLuis opening at 8pm. Weisstro-time: 9pm-11pm.

Wednesday June 3, 2015
The Purple Fiddle
Thomas WV
8pm-11pm. Great sound, food/drink, vibe at the Purple Fiddle.

Thursday June 4
1919
Baltimore MD
opening for Caleb Stine & the Brakemen, whom Pete recently worked with in the studio.

Friday June 5
Salvation Cafe
Newport RI
w/ special guests TBA... music 9pm...

Saturday June 6, 2015
Otto's Shrunken Head
New York NY
It's Unsteady Freddie's Surf Rock Shindig!
With our pals The Derangers, Ninth Wave, and Tsunamibots. Weisstro-time: 10pm sharp!
More info at the Facebook event page.

Sunday June 7, 2015
Cuisine en Locale
Somerville MA
Tour wrap up!  Music starts circa 7:30pm.

Friday June 26, 2015
Luthier's Co-Op
Easthampton MA


Recent Press/Quotes:

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

"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.