The Weisstronauts
Instrumental Rock for the 22nd Century


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:

Saturday July 12, 2014
Iron Horse Music Hall
Northampton MA
A rare Northampton appearance for us (and our first-ever set at the Iron Horse). Early show -- we go on at 7pm.  Thrilled and honored to be opening for our friends, the incredible and multiple-award-winning Eddie Japan.  Do not miss!

Sunday July 27, 2014
Harpoon Championship of New England BBQ Festival
Windsor VT
Daytime, outdoor fun. This will be our fifth time playing this fun and delicous festival. A great opportunity to enjoy some great barbecue and excellent Harpoon beers.

Friday August 29, 2014
Midway Cafe
Jamaica Plain MA
Helping Andrew Stern celebrate the release of his new album. Not sure of set time just yet... check venue website closer to show date.

Friday November 14, 2014
Midway Cafe
Jamaica Plain MA
w/ Tim Lee 3 (Knoxville TN, ex-Windbreakers), My Own Worst Enemy, and another TBA.

Saturday November 15, 2014
Pleasant Valley Brewing
Saxtons River VT
Great food and tap selection. Music from 8 till 10:30pm. No cover.

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.