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March Weird Band Poll: Vote for The Hermits of Suburbia, Man With a Mission, RV Carcass, Toxic Chicken or Well Worn Boot

After the week I just had, I need a weekend of less thinkin’, more drinkin’. Which means it’s time to leave the thinkin’ part of this blog to you folks out there Readerland. Yep, it’s time for another Weird Band Poll™! Ready to crush the hopes and dreams of four out of five bands? I know you are.

We’ll have our usual insanely long voting period, because procrastinators need love, too. So voting ends at midnight on Sunday, March 23rd, and the winner will be crowned Weird Band of the Week on March 26th. Play fair and only vote once, K? If you really feel the need to cheat, do it on something that matters, like your taxes or Words With Friends.

[Sorry, this poll has closed. Check back here Wednesday, when the winner will be revealed. And bookmark this page to partake of future polls. We do a new one every month(ish).]

For more on this month’s bands, read on:

The Hermits of Suburbia

Hermits of Suburbia

These guys are from Atlanta…or the suburbs of Atlanta, I guess…and call themselves a “drinking band with a ska problem.” I hope you get your ska problem sorted out soon, guys, cuz that shit’ll kill you. Here’s a song of theirs called “We Races the Car (So You Don’t Have To) or Who Says a Ska Band Can’t Funk,” and here’s their Bandcamp page. Oh, and their ukulele player is an ordained Dudeist in the Church of the Big Lebowski. Also, they’re a ska band with a fucking ukulele player! Mind = blown.

Man With a Mission

Man With a Mission

Man With a Mission is Japan’s only wolf-headed alt-metal band named after a Don Henley song. Trust us, we checked. Their backstory is all about how they were created in a lab and then frozen in Antarctica for centuries or some shit but let’s not worry too much about that part. Here’s one of their videos and here’s their official website, which for a band that dresses up like wolf janitors does not have anywhere near enough videos on it.

RV Carcass

RV Carcass

RV Carcass are named after their recording studio…literally, these guys record all their music in a broken-down RV they’ve rigged up with all sorts of high-tear electronics and converted to run on corn whiskey. You had us at “runs on corn whiskey,” buds. They’re based in San Francisco now but they “escaped” from Morocco, although I’m not really sure what they were escaping from. Judging from this video, I bet drugs were involved. Here’s their website.

Toxic Chicken

Toxic Chicken

We don’t really know much about this dude, except that he’s a Dutch guy living in Bangkok. He makes lo-bit bedroom electronic music which this guy Graham puts out on Wrieuw Recordings. Apparently one of his records came out on a floppy disk wrapped in a diaper, so he’s got that going for him. Here’s his My Cat EP on Bandcamp and here’s a video for the song “biscuits with jesus,” which for some reason co-stars Hitler.

Well Worn Boot

Well Worn Boot

Well Worn Boot are from Buffalo (Upstate NY represent!) and are led by a singer/flute-blower called The Plainsman, so they’re sort of an American white-trash version of Jethro Tull. Their press kit calls them “American folklore inspired” but I’m pretty sure that’s the same thing as “American white-trash inspired.” I bet they and the Hermits of Suburbia could have an epic drinking contest. Speaking of drinking, here’s a live video of them doing a song called “Drunk on the Highway.” And here’s their website.

So there you have it. Remember to cast your vote before midnight Sunday, March 23rd, and may the weirdest band win.

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February Weird Band Poll: Vote for Astro Al, Ebola Ape, Gout Pony, Iris Von Gul or Potworow

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been binge-watching the Olympics all week and wondering why I wasted my youth on comic books and video games. Fierce competition pushes people to pinnacles of achievement that are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Can it have the same effect on weird bands? Probably not, but it’s still fun to pit them against each other and see who can ascend to the winner’s podium.

You people know the drill by now: Voting ends Sunday, Feb. 23rd at midnight and we’ll announce the winner on Feb. 26th. Got your judge’s hat on? Here we go…

[Sorry, this poll has closed. Check back here Wednesday, when the winner will be revealed. And bookmark this page to partake of future polls. We do a new one every month(ish).]

For more on this month’s bands, read on:

Astro Al

Astro Al

Astro Al is a duo from Boston outer space named Paul Angelosanto and Debbie Nash. “Imagine if William Shatner replaced Jim Morrison in the Doors” is how they describe themselves, which is such a great image that I kinda wanna run out right now, buy a Shatner mask and start a cover band called The Crystal Shat. Here’s their website and here’s a video that’s more Deliverance than Doors, but still pretty weird.

Ebola Ape

Ebola Ape

Ebola Ape is a DJ from Poland the Congolese jungle who claims to be the world’s first gorilla turned music producer. What kind of music are gorillas into, you ask? I would’ve guessed Kool & the Gang, too, but it turns out it’s more of a cross between glitchy downtempo, witch house and something I guess the kids these days are calling chillstep. Here’s his website and here’s his SoundCloud page.

Gout Pony

Gout Pony

Gout Pony is a band from Ipswich, England who don’t claim to be from anywhere else. They call their jazzy/lo-fi/folk/stream-of-consciousness music “trampcore” and list The Residents, Cardiacs and a.P.A.t.T. among their influences. Here’s a link to their album, A Family Gouting, and here’s their Facebook page.

Iris Von Gul

Iris Von Gul

Iris Von Gul is an electro/industrial/math-rock band from Bordeaux, France. They were formed last year by Sam Barbier and Denis Dedieu, formerly of the electro-punk band Decay. Now a quartet, they’ve put out one EP called, appropriately enough, Decay Is Dead, which includes a nifty cover of Marilyn Manson’s “Dead to the World.” Here’s a video of them performing their song “We Are Vicious” in the studio, and here’s their SoundCloud page.

Potworow

Potworow

Potworow is a young woman from Poland who makes sparse ambient music, short films and self-portrait photographs, all of which are both lovely and more than a little ominous. Here’s her blog, and here’s her YouTube channel, where we recommend starting with “Longing Blue” or one of her little films like “Gone” or “Dinosaurs.”

So there you have it. Remember to cast your vote before midnight Sunday, Feb. 23rd, and may the weirdest band win.

January Weird Band Poll: Vote for Amplifly Aerial Band, Dancing Deadlips, freesoulJAH, George Christian or Gyratory System

Happy New Year, weirdos! Didja miss me? Andy’s been running this joint for the past 10 days while I slept off my New Year’s Eve hangover in the ICU. But I’m back on solid foods and ready to rock.

Sorry we missed doing a poll in December, but we’re making up for lost time with an extra-weird set of bands this month. How you’re gonna pick just one is beyond me, but I’m sure you’ll manage. Either that or you’ll cheat and vote multiple times. Yeah, we know what kind of people frequent this site.

Voting ends Sunday, Jan. 19th at midnight and we’ll announce the winner on Jan. 22nd. Let’s do this!

[Sorry, this poll has closed. Check back here Wednesday, when the winner will be revealed. And bookmark this page to partake of future polls. We do a new one every month(ish).]

For more on this month’s bands, read on:

Amplifly Aerial Band

Amplifly Aerial Band

The website for this Utah-based band asks: “What do you get when you mix a Vegas quality aerial show with a light show, cyber punk, world class vocalists and a rockin’ band playing your favorite top 40 hits?” I know, that sounds like a bunch of random words strung together, but the Amplifly Aerial Band really is all of those things harnessed into a big flying ball of awesome. Even better: They do corporate events. Watch their promotional video and be amazed that no one thought of this sooner.

Dancing Deadlips

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Dancing Deadlips is from our current favorite country, Poland, also home to Laki Lan and Donatan. It’s the work of a chick named Dee R.J., who murmurs menacingly in Polish over music that was probably recorded in some graveyard at 3 a.m. Here’s her Bandcamp page and here’s a video for the song “Flea Circus” starring a couple of fire dancers from the 1920s.

freesoulJAH

freesoulJAH

freesoulJAH may look like the dude playing Bob Marley songs at the farmer’s market, but don’t let his dreadlocked hippie exterior fool you. On the inside he’s a cross between Syd Barrett, Sixto Rodriguez and Todd Tamanend Clark. Here’s his website, where you can download all his acid-dipped psychedelic folk-rock for free, and here’s a track called “Psychedelic Baby Dub” that makes me even more scared of babies than I already was.

George Christian

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George Christian is an experimental guitarist from Brazil who’s buddies with a previous Weird Band Poll winner, Biaggio Vessio aka Drunken Forest. He lists John Fahey, Anton Walter Smetak, Captain Beefheart and J.S. Bach among his influences, which reminds me: “Beefheart Bach” is the name of my new punk band. Here’s George’s website and here’s the Bandcamp page for his latest album, aos rios urbanos.

Gyratory System

Gyratory System

We don’t know much about these guys except that they’re from London, there seem to be two of them, and their label website says this: “Gyratory System presses buttons, plucks strings and blows into metal tubes, and sometimes wooden tubes.” Oh and they have song called “Twilight of Hasselhoff,” which reminds me: I just decided to change the name of my punk band to “Beefheart Hasselhoff.” Here’s their Bandcamp page and here’s a nifty animated video for the track “Harmonograph.”

So there you have it. Remember to cast your vote before midnight Sunday, Jan. 19th, and may the weirdest band win.

November Weird Band Poll: Vote for Charles Bronson & The Sundance Kid, Pottymouth, Sly & The Family Drone, or Twufee the Wondermoose

November is traditionally election season here in America, so I hope you’re all feeling democratic. We’ve got four new bands campaigning for Weird Band of the Week honors and they’re out shaking hands and kissing babies, looking for your vote. If you’ve got any babies, you’d best hide them, because I really don’t think you want them to be kissed by a band called Pottymouth.

Voting ends at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 24th and we’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, Nov. 27th. Yeah, we count slow.

[Sorry, this poll has closed. Check back here Wednesday, when the winner will be revealed. And bookmark this page to partake of future polls. We do a new one every month(ish).]

For more information on this month’s bands, read on:

Charles Bronson & The Sundance Kid

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A duo from the San Francisco Bay Area with a thing for fezzes and Casio beats, CB&TSK play lo-fi, garage-y synth-rock “from the depths of our hearts, funny bones,” they say. Here’s a video they made for Halloween, and here’s our favorite song from their Bandcamp page.

Pottymouth

Pottymouth

This costumed band obsessed with all things fecal is from right here in Los Angeles, and let me tell you, we couldn’t be prouder. Led by a singer named Dread Spaghetti, who kind of looks like an Adult Swim cartoon parody of one of those late ’90s wallet-chain bands, they also feature a guy in a gorilla suit called Tumor Master Kush and a guy in a chicken suit called Larry Drunken Liver. Here’s their Reverb Nation page, and here’s the video to their song “Poo Poo Party Platter,” which—fair warning—is not about Chinese food.

Sly & The Family Drone

Sly & The Family Drone

An improvisational noise band from London, Sly & The Family Drone use only drums and processed tape loops to create harsh, droning soundscapes, which as far as we can tell do not include any covers of “Everyday People” or “Dance to the Music.” They do have one studio album out called Unnecessary Woe, but they’re in full effect in a live setting, where they sometimes distribute pieces of their drum kits among the audience so everyone can bang along. You can hear some live sets on their SoundCloud page and read more about the band on Facebook.

Twufee the Wondermoose

Twufee the Wondermoose

Twufee is the solo project of a longtime TWBITW reader named Josh. Josh lives somewhere in Florida and describes his music thusly: “The music I make will span whatever genre I choose. At the moment, I am working on an EP of experimental synth pop music, recording stuff with my garage punk band, smooth jazz beats, and an EP (maybe full album, but I doubt it) of lo-fi indie folk.” Also, he’s only 14 years old, so all you other bands in this month’s poll, please play nice. (For the record, he’s probably also the only 14-year-old musician on Earth who lists Captain Beefheart, The Residents, Merzbow and John Zorn among his influences.) You can hear his first EP on SoundCloud.

So there you have it. Remember to cast your vote before midnight Sunday, Nov. 24th, and may the weirdest band win.

October Weird Band Poll: Vote for Drunken Forest, The Fuxedos, Kristin Witko, The Punk Group, or W.H.E.A.T.

Hey, remember when we used to do a poll every month and let you jokers pick a future Weird Band of the Week? That was fun, right? Why don’t we start doing it again? It’ll be like old times.

As usual, we’ve got five, count ‘em, five bands to choose from—or if you want to get all technical, three bands plus two solo weirdos who don’t need no stinkin’ band. But they do need your votes, so read on and pick your fave. We’re ending this one at midnight (Pacific time) on Sunday, Oct. 13th, so don’t dawdle. Even though “dawdle” is a pretty awesome word.

[Sorry, this poll has closed. Check back here Wednesday, Oct. 16th, when the winner will be revealed. And bookmark this page to partake of future polls. We do a new one every month(ish).]

Here’s more on this month’s bands:

Drunken Forest

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Drunken Forest is the work of a dude named Biaggio Vessio, a guitarist/bassist/everything-except-the-sax-man from Brazil who makes genre-hopping instrumental music with song titles like “Epiphunny” and “Knocking Down a Scarecrow Made to Measure.” You can check out his four-song EP on Bandcamp, and read more about him on his website.

The Fuxedos

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Fuxedos ringleader Danny Shorago actually maintains two lineups of his circus-punk band, one here in L.A. and one up in San Francisco. I’ve never seen either version of the band, but I bet the L.A. lineup wears more stage makeup and the SF crew has more sex partners. Here’s their Facebook page, and here’s a short film Shorago directed called Mimsy, featuring the Fuxedos tune “The Jellybean Song.”

Kristin Witko

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This Canadian solo chick’s music isn’t hit-you-over-the-head weird, but it’s definitely got a quirky, spacey, Kate-Bush-meets-Gary-Wilson vibe. Plus, the cover photo of her album Aquitaine is a selfie she snapped after face-planting off her bicycle, which gets her bonus weird points in our book. Here’s her Bandcamp page, and here’s a video she made for her song “Porcelain” featuring those creepy little kid beauty pageants and talent shows.

The Punk Group

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For reasons that should be obvious from their promo photo alone, The Punk Group have been an opening act for DEVO. One guy is called The Model and the other is called Sex Object. They started out in Portland but are now split between Los Angeles and San Francisco, sorta like The Fuxedos. (Don’t you guys know you’re supposed to pick a side?) According to their Facebook page, “we’re the synth punk kings and we reign supreme!” Do they have the goods to back up such a claim? Watch this video and judge for yourself.

W.H.E.A.T.

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The name of our last band stands for We Hate Everything All the Time, which is probably how I’d feel if, like them, I was from Leawood, Kansas. They claim their music, which is all improvised in the studio, is “the worst, most unlistenable garbage you have ever heard.” Here’s the video for their tender love song, “Bite My Cock,” and here’s their YouTube channel, which features many more videos, also mostly about cocks.

So there you have it. Remember to cast your vote before midnight Sunday, Oct. 13th, and may the weirdest band win.

July Weird Band Poll: Vote for BB BlackDog, Ben & Amy, Fartbarf, O Bo de Vil, or Peculate

It’s that time of the month: Time for us to hand you the keys to this here hoopty of a blog and hope you don’t drive it off a cliff. Yep, it’s poll time! Y’all ready to vote your little asses off? Good. Cuz we got us a good one.

As usual, we’ve got five bands clamoring for your votes and attention, so read up on them below and pick your fave. I’ve already got mine, but I ain’t tellin’. Let’s just say they’re named after my second and third favorite bodily functions.

[Sorry, this poll has closed. Check back here Wednesday, when the winner will be revealed. And bookmark this page to partake of future polls. We do a new one every month(ish).]

Here’s more on this month’s bands:

BB BlackDog

BB BlackDog

These guys are from England and describe themselves a “steampunk/stoner/psychedelic rock” band. I’m pretty sure they didn’t have wah-wah pedals in Victorian England, but whatevs. It gives them an excuse to dress up like bad guys in those Robert Downey Sherlock Holmes movies and make zany videos. Also, they sometimes hang out with Professor Elemental. Here’s their website.

Ben & Amy

BenandAmy

Our next contenders for Weird Band of the Week honors are from…England again? What is this, a tea and crumpets party? Actually, they have a song called “Tea,” so maybe it is. They’re a brother/sister duo from Surrey and one of the albums on their Bandcamp page is tagged “electronic english nonsense experimental rock,” which is actually pretty accurate.

Fartbarf

Fartbarf

I don’t even have to explain this one, do I? They wear freak masks and they’re called Fartbarf. Here they are performing in a strip club, and here’s their website. Oh, and they’re from right here in Los Angeles, California. SoCal represent!

O Bo de Vil

O Bo de Vil

O Bo de Vil is a Spanish dude named Vil Häuser who calls his stuff “polka-punk.” It kind of sounds a Spanish Wesley Willis sing-shouting over cheap keyboards and oom-pah beats…and we mean that in the nicest possible way. Here’s his Bandcamp and here’s his Facebook page.

Peculate

Peculate

Peculate is another solo project from Spain, but this one is 100% polka-free. Ben Norton, an American musician/artist/activist/anti-copyright crusader…yep, all his shit’s available free on his website, so dude puts his money where his mouth is. He calls his music…and pardon me while I do some stretching exercises before typing this…”Progressive experimental metal jazz electronic gospel ambient glitch mathcore contemporary classical post-rock 12-tone metalcore dubstep art rock punk avant-garde technical death metal.” Got all that? Here’s a new drinking game: Go listen to his album Pax Tecum on Bandcamp and every time it switches genres, do a shot. Did you pass out during the first track? Yeah, me too.

So there you have it. Vote early and often, and may the weirdest band win!

Oh and one other thing…voting closes Sunday, July 28th. Tick tock, bitches!

June Weird Band Poll: Vote for The Electric Grandmother, Pan, Residude X, Travelled Meat or The Wiggins

Poll time again, kids. Ready to exercise those voting buttons? I know mine is quivering in anticipation so hard I can barely type.

Let’s meet this month’s bands, shall we? A more motley bunch was never before assembled, here or on that other weird band blog you read. But they’re all awesome in their own special way. Like really jacked-up snowflakes.

[Sorry, folks, the poll has now closed. Check back here Wednesday, when the winner will be revealed.]

Read on to learn more about this month’s bands:

The Electric Grandmother

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Started in Hawaii and now based in Washington, DC, The Electric Grandmother is a husband/wife duo named Pete and Mary Alice. They call their music, which is based entirely on TV shows and movies from the ’80s, “Sitcom-Core.” (Turns out you really can stick “core” on the end of anything and invent a new genre of music.) Here’s their website, and here’s a link to one of their videos, “Virtual Reality Helmet.”

Pan

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Pan is either from Detroit or Los Angeles or possibly both. One of their members, John, wrote to us and described Pan as a “musique-concrete folk duo” and gave us a link to their Bandcamp page, saying, “This is our ‘music.’” Anytime someone feels the need to put “music” in quotation marks when referring their own stuff, that’s usually a good sign.

Residude X

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This mysterious figure posted a few YouTube links on our Submit a Band page, with the comment, “Here are a couple of tunes you folks might find interesting.” We did. Here’s his Blogspot, too. And that’s literally all we know about him. Well, that and that he has at least one rabid fan who wrote in several times this past week, asking when the new poll would be live. Sorry to keep you waiting, Charlotte!

Travelled Meat

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The trio of Super Anchovy, Chop Suey and The Shits, collectively known as Travelled Meat, hail from Tamworth, Australia and make music that might best be described as “electro-darkwave-noise-pop about animal proteins and poor sanitation.” Here’s their latest EP, Too Much Good Slop, on Bandcamp, and here they are on ReverbNation, where you can listen to other toe-tappers like “The grey meat is all gone.”

The Wiggins

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The Wiggins is Jon Read, a one-man noise-rock wrecking crew from Houston, Texas. Here’s how he describes his stuff: “Fucked-up white noise surf-rock and rusty nail salt-in-the-wound folk ballads. All delivered with the pill-drunk unsteadiness of Gene Vincent after the crash.” Here’s his Bandcamp, and here’s a video for his song “Golden Age.”

Voting will end at midnight on Sunday, June 16th, with the winner announced the following Wednesday. So vote early and often, and may the weirdest band win!

May Weird Band Poll: Vote for Carl, Godswounds, Leprachaun Catering, Project BASF and SpazmO!

Poll time again, kids. Ready to get all democratic up in this bitch? I know your voting button fingers are quivering in anticipation.

We’ve got five very different bands this month, so be sure to read more about them below before making your selection. Or fuck it, just vote for the name you like best. It’s not like we can stop you. (P.S. Not trying to bias our readers or anything, but if you don’t think Leprechaun Catering is the best name, there might be something wrong with you.)

[Sorry, folks, the poll has now closed. Check back here Wednesday, when the winner will be revealed.]

Read on to learn more about this month’s bands:

Carl

Carl

Carl are a self-described avant-garde, improvisational trio from Austin, Texas. We particularly like this line from their Facebook “About” page: “We like to practice illusion and intimidation through our sound, and promote the exploration of all emotions embedded within the music, by obscuring reality and confusing the senses as well as bathing them in dense stimulation.” Consider us densely stimulated, fellas! You can check out their EP It’s Mom Upside Down via Bandcamp.

Godswounds

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This Australian band’s lineup includes Mr. Bungle drummer Danny Heifetz, and they’ve also worked with members of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and The Melvins, which might make them the ringers of this month’s poll. Some Taiwanese magazine described their sound as “a soundtrack to a Kaiju video game nightmare,” which sounds pretty awesome. You can check out their latest album, Death to the Babyboomers, on Bandcamp.

Leprechaun Catering

Photo by Nate Door for Impose Magazine

Photo by Nate Door for Impose Magazine

A reader named Freeman turned us on to this experimental Baltimore duo, so they’re being added to this poll without their knowledge and potentially against their will. So be nice to them, OK? Their label, Ehse Records, says they sound like this: “Imagine if H.R. Pufnstuf and Witchiepoo were at a rave and both fully disembodied in a bottomless k-hole, and were then told that they had to arrange a dance version of Jesus Christ Superstar to be performed by an orchestra consisting of Duane Eddy, Ikue Mori, John Entwistle, Tina Weymouth, Lux Interior, Henry Kissinger, Victor Hugo, Gene Krupa, Eraserhead, Gary Coleman, Stewart Copeland, Clarence Clemons, Jimmy Nolan, Tony Blair, John Belushi, Jimmy Guiffre, Keith Emerson, and Animal from The Muppet Show.” Now you really wanna be nice to them, don’t you? Go to the Ehse Records website and listen to the track called “poulet, poulet-poulet, poulet! 1″ for a taste.

Projet BASF

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A reader named Patrick is a huge fan of this moody, psychedelic French band, so we’re also adding them to this month’s poll against their will. We’re running amok, people! Pretty much everything about them is in French, but apparently they were just formed in 2012 and they’re influenced by acid rock and Krautrock and “le drone et le psychédélique.” Here’s their Soundcloud page and here’s a video that’s like Schoolhouse Rock on acid.

SpazmO!

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SpazmO! (yes, with an exclamation point and a capital “O”…just to annoy you) is the electro-noise-punk solo project of a dude from Milwaukee named Evan DeBauche, who also runs his own record label and has something like seven others bands. As you might expect from such a relentless multitasker, the music of SpazmO! sounds like it was recorded by someone who was simultaneously shotgunning Five Hour Energy, cleaning out the garage, doing step aerobics and playing Mortal Kombat with his dick. Here’s his Soundcloud.

So there you have it. We’ll close voting at 11:59 p.m. (give or take a minute) on Friday, May 24th. So cast your vote ASAFP and may the weirdest band win!

April Weird Band Poll: Vote for The Chewers, Clockwork Orchestra, Clowns and Fetuses, Scab Queen or Tupper Ware Remix Party

It’s that time of the month again, Weirdlings: the time when we stop doing our jobs and saddle you with the onerous task of choosing our next Weird Band of the Week. Don’t take this responsibility lightly, OK? Many a band has gained a whole new fan or three after winning one of these here poll puppies. So it’s kind of a big deal.

[Sorry, folks, the poll has now closed. Check back here Wednesday, when the winner will be revealed.]

Wanna know more about this month’s bands? Read on:

The Chewers

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The Chewers are self-described “freaks from the woods of West Virginia making deliberately off-kilter music.” Here’s a link to their Soundcloud page; we recommend starting with “Funnel Head” or “Techno-Slaves.”

Clockwork Orchestra

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Clockwork Orchestra is the solo project of Dublin-based songwriter/producer/”control freak extraordinaire” Paul Mangan. “Some people seem to think it’s quite weird,” he says of his music, which he describes as a “bewildering menagerie of sound.” Here’s his Soundcloud. Recommended starting point: “Talking to the Flowers.”

Clowns and Fetuses

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Drummer/singer/artist/Theremin-player Rich Polysorbate 60 posted this clip from his band Clowns and Fetuses on our Submit a Band page awhile back, and we’ve been disturbed by it ever since. They’re from right here in Southern California, from a crappy industrial town on the outskirts of downtown L.A. called Vernon, but further details regarding their history or current activities remains a bit sketchy. Rich describes their live shows like this: “One show will be contact mics on power tools; the next show, Casios and lap steel guitar.” Here’s a video from one of their recent shows/installations.

Scab Queen

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Scab Queen is Michael Lauden, a producer/noise artist from Athens, Georgia. His debut EP, Tiny Coffins, was recorded in “a server room, laundromat, punk-house combo” and is available on Bandcamp. Here’s a clip of his solo live show, which seems to consist mainly of live drums and improvised, laptop-generated noise.

Tupper Ware Remix Party

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Tupper Ware Remix Party hail from Toronto, the same city that gave us last month’s Weird Band Poll winners, Barbara. Here’s how they describe themselves: “Daft Punk, Iron Maiden, Justice and Parliament all smashed into five spandex-clad, keytar wielding, pylon wearing, pelvic thrusting, wildly out of control individuals claiming to be from outerspace, except with way more lazers, confetti, projection screens, and sci-fi references.” Here’s their official website and here’s a link to their EP, The Device, available via Bandcamp.

So there you have it. We’ll close voting at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 21st, so help us get the word out…and may the weirdest band win!

March Weird Band Poll: Vote for 8090, Barbara, The Goggenheim, H-Beam, or Tingle in the Netherlands

Since our little blog is growin’ up so fast, we decided it was finally time to move our monthly poll from its former home on Facebook to right here on TWBITW. Don’t worry, Facebook—we still love you! Whenever you invade our privacy, we find it totally adorable.

So cast your vote for a future Weird Band of the Week right here. No cheating! Only one vote per human. (Cats, aliens and our future robot overlords can vote as much as they like.)

[Sorry, folks; this poll has now closed. Check back here next Wednesday, when the winner will be revealed!]

Wanna know more about this month’s bands? Read on:

8090

8090

8090 (pronounced “eight-oh-nine-oh”) is Andy Metz and Seth Williams, a hip-hop duo from Chicago who bust rhymes about the 9-to-5 grind. Here’s a link to their website/Bandcamp page, and here’s a video for the song “Work Music,” which was shot in the most depressing-looking office I’ve seen since that telemarketing job I had in college.

Barbara

Barbara

Barbara is a pair of brothers from Toronto who end their shows with a dance-off set to a song full of Eyes Wide Shut quotes. You can watch the dance-off here, or you can listen to their EP, Stuck to the Ground, on Bandcamp. We recommend the song about coffee. But then we love pretty much anything that has to do with coffee.

The Goggenheim

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The Goggenheim are a band from Oxford, England who have been described as a mix of “performance art, punk pop and psychedelia.” Their drummer Stewart recently shared with us their video for the song “Moth,” which is a good introduction to their style. You can hear more on their website.

H-Beam

H-Beam

H-Beam hail from Nashville, home to one of our favorite weird bands, Here Come the Mummies. (Yes, turns out there’s more in Nashville than just country music.) Much like HCTM, they do wacky costumed stage shows and play rockin’ party-friendly tunes. You can hear their album Useful Box of Hair on their website. We also recommend the video for “Love Panda.”

Tingle in the Netherlands

Tingle+In+The+Netherlands+tingledance1This duo describe themselves as an “absurdist electro-pop collaboration between poet Helên T and electronic musician Owen J. They’re from Manchester, England. You can read more about them on their blog, and check out some of their music via Soundcloud. We recommend starting with “A Forest of Cocks.”

So there you have it! We’ll close voting on Friday, March 22nd, so help us get the word out, won’t you? And may the weirdest band win!

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