Delerium in Antwerp for The Weathermen
Just when you thought the boys from The Weathermen had disappeared back into the undergrowth, they re-appear with another activity...
This time around our heroes will be showing off a selected audio/visual representation of their past works at Hof-Ter-lo in Antwerp on the 9th May while Bill Leeb waxes his chest and perms his hair for a Delerium show to follow.
Exact details and what other surprises The Weathermen may have in store for the faithful and not-so-faithful remains to be seen. Fun is guaranteed to be had by all regardless*.
Tickets are on sale now from Bodybeats for the meagre sum of €20. This is a once in a lifetime event as the apocalypse is due soon and it's effect on future low-cost air-travel is slated to be prohibitive, so this may be your last chance to see what real live 'alternative' bands like The Weathermen and Delerium look like outside of jerky pixelated videos on YouTube.
You know if you don't go you'll be unlikely to ever be able to sleep again, ever.
* with the exception of the aforementioned Mr Leeb who is expected to make his own entertainment for legal reasons.
Sadly it seems that indie vinyl merchants We Rock Like Crazy have had to shut up shop, mainly due to the lack of interest in indie vinyl (major label abuse is "in" this season. Bling bling. "I want my mp3" as Dire Straits would have sang if they'd released that song now and weren't elderly and stuff).
This means of course that the promised Weathermen Dear God remix 12" won't now see the light of day.
Or will it? Seemingly they have some white-labels in stock which they are happy to sell to the public.
Contact email@example.com for more information.
There has also been talk of digital releases so hopefully this great 12" will see public consumption in another form before long.
Keep watching the skies... but not while walking through traffic.
Finally: The Last Communique?
According to The Weathermen's new blog, PIAS are finally to release The Last Communique compilation at the start of the new year. We take back all the bad things about their mothers (though they'll be kept in storage in case they pull a sly one). Whether it'll be the same version of the album that The Weathermen have been letting people download from their website for the past few years or a re-jigger-ed version remains to be seen. However now those of you who are allergic to digital downloads will be able to buy a hard copy... plus all of you who felt great guilt for getting so much great music for free can redeem yourselves in the eyes of your god/goat/granny and buy a copy too.
...And so can the rest of you, because you know they deserve it.
Prior to that however will be the long awaited release of the Embedded remix EP, Dear God. It'll be out in December finally on We Rock Like Crazy on funky vinyl and shiny mp3. Possibly also on iTunes. Sure everything is nowadays...
New Product from The Weathermen
Having conquered the music world and the wearing-BMX-gear-on-stage world (as well as most of Belgium) The Weathermen announced, via their underground network (which is allegedly manned by Genetically Modified™ blind albinos), that they now planned to conquer the condiment world by marketing their own brand of Chutney!™.
They invited us for a tour of their new factory, hidden deep in the desert. A blacked-out van arrived for us outside our offices and a sweet voice beckoned us in. When we approached the drivers side we discovered that the sweet voice belonged to the driver, who was a hideously disfigured dwarf. He made us get in the back and after having the door locked automatically we had an hour long drive into the desert.
We arrived at what appeared to be a deserted military complex and were greeted by one of The Weathermen who wore a large chefs hat and a ski-mask.
We asked why it was necessary for such secrecy. They told us that the product they make has such a secret receipe that they couldn't risk it being discovered by competitors or nosy government agencies. Thus the need for the utmost secrecy.
We were lead inside, past rooms of ingredients, only some of which we were allowed to see. We saw a myriad of different items, ranging from onions and beetroot to rooms full of lego and bits of broken pottery.
Eventually we arrived at a central chamber in the middle of which, in a huge pit in the floor that looked like it was made for smelting metal, was a huge bubbling lake of chutney. Pipes snaked from the shadows of the chambers towards the lake and appeared to be carrying thick molasses and some chemical ingredients. Above the lake was a huge pulsing column, that looked almost organic, almost wormlike... at the bottom of it, suspended above the lake was a sphincter-like orifice that scooped up the chutney and spat it into jars. Somewhere in the darkness we heard maniacal laughter.
The masked Weathermen that met us seemed to smile proudly through his balaclava as he stood before all this and then asked us if we had any questions.
Tentatively we enquired as to when their product was to go on the market. They said it was already in some markets in the developing countries and would slowly begin showing up in the rest of the world via ethnic foodstores before being adopted by larger supermarkets as their staff came under the influence of the superior quality and flavour of The Weathermen's Chutney!™.
We enquired as to whether there would be an advertising campaign to sell the chutney. They said one was already in existence but it was very subtle. They had short ad spots in most countries. Very short. Like a fraction of a second but enough to get the message across subliminally. Demand was growing and there had already been a riot that morning in Cambodia when locals found they could not buy any Weathermen brand Chutney!™. He showed us a chart of predicted riots and another that showed how rioting in the world was effected by chutney demand. He predicted that once all countries bowed to the superior quality of Weathermen Chutney!™ that all rioting in the world would cease. Forever.
A couple of indentical deformed dwarfs wheeled out an old television and video recorder and he preceded to show us a movie of Weathermen Chutney!™ being tested on British Football Hooligans™. After eating half-time pies with Weathermen Chutney!™ the hooligans were placed into a suburb of Paris. Rather than sing offensive racist songs and smash windows and destroy property they appeared happy and contented. Some sat on benches and listened to bird-song and talked to the locals while others went shopping for cheese. One was even seen browsing a local transexual clothing store for a new pair of pumps.
Following this we were invited to try some of the product, we declined citing allergies. Though the Weatherman insisted that the Chutney!™ is non allergenic we still politely refused due to having seen a large worm-like organ vomit the stuff into jars 20 minutes previously. The Weatherman seemed upset by this but merely took his anger out on some dwarves before returning to us smiling.
When we asked about whether their product had been passed for public consumption he responded by laughing and smashing a small glass ball on the ground in front of us. We were enveloped in a powerful knockout gas and when we regained consciousness an hour or so later... we discovered all signs of The Weathermen, and their elaborate chutney factory, had vanished.
Embedded with The Weathermen out now
Finally, the brand new The Weathermen album Embedded with The Weathermen is out now on Fire!Zone Records and Urgences Discs and is available from better record stores, including CDBaby. The album contains ten new songs of social commentary, wit and lunacy held together with funky electro beats, sinister industrial noises and smooth loin-stirring jazzy rhythms. The enhanced CD also contains, as a bonus, the original videos for The Weathermen 1980s classics: Poison! & Bang!.
The full tracklisting for the CD is :
- I'm Tight
- Shadow Diary
- Ice Cream Truck
- I, Lizard
- Years of the Snake
- Scan Me
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Dear God
- Who Killed Who
Daytime TV ep on digital download
For all those poor souls who don't own a turntable or record player and feels they missed out on the excellent Daytime TV 12" remix ep, We Rock Like Crazy have made it available as a digital download via Juno Records in the UK. All the tracks from the EP are available in traditional non-drm mp3 at 192k and 320k quality along with the groovy artwork for download that you can print out. Prices are comparable to iTunes at £0.79/£0.99 per track with the whole five track ep for £2.99/£3.99.
See Juno's catalogue page for Daytime TV for purchase options or for more details and audio previews.
Weathermen take over MySpace
...or a little corner of it at least.
Despite MySpace being at best; a bit crap and at worse; the very website of Satan himself, it seems to have become the place to get noticed and subsequently many bands who really should know better have felt forced to set up shop there. The Weathermen are no exception.
Currently on offer, as well as a few full length clips of Weathermen classics, is an exclusive track off the new album.
So if you have a MySpace account, and we know you do, head on over to http://www.myspace.com/theweathermen and add them to your friends list so you can pretend you know them and have them round for drinks on Saturday nights instead of sitting at home alone on MySpace looking at the pretty people and switching between pleasuring yourself through your ramen stained unwashed pyjamas and sobbing uncontrollably wishing you had never heard of MySpace and taken this terrible turn in your life.
Embedded... on it's way to the presses
JJS announced on the official mailing list today that the latest Weathermen missive has secretly been bicycled off to the underground presses and will commence distribution to the tired and huddled masses at the end of February.
He also uploaded a sneak peak of the albums coverart to the forum file section.
...and no, you don't have concussion. It's supposed to look like that.
We Rock Like Crazy have announce another 12" remix ep. This time precceding the new Weathermen album 'Embedded with the Weathermen' will come the Dear God ep. Featuring mixes of Dear God and other tracks from the forthcoming LP by Rotersand, This Fish Needs a Bike, Jenny.exe, File not Found and Prothese (the longtime solo project of Daniel B. from Front 242).
The actual release date hasn't been announced yet but it'll likely be at the start of 2006, unless they rush it out for punters at BIMFest later this month.
More information on We Rock Like Crazys forthcoming releases page.