[Update: This poll has closed, but check back soon for our next weird band poll. It’s gonna be even crazier. Would we lie?]
As regular readers of this blog know, we occasionally lose our decision-making abilities and ask you good people to choose a future Weird Band of the Week for us via a Facebook poll (technically a Facebook “Question,” but poll sounds so much more official, don’t you think?). Well, it’s time for you to limber up your voting fingers again, because our latest Facebook poll is up!
In response to our previous polls, many of you have observed, quite reasonably: “Um, guys? I don’t know who the fuck any of these bands are.” Fair enough. So for the first time, here’s a little Weird Band Voter Guide. Bands are presented in alphabetical order and we swear we’re not trying to play favorites—just give a little background to help you make that all-important decision about who to vote for. So let’s meet this month’s Weird Band Candidates:
The electronic solo project of one Miguel Bonneville, from Portugal. He’s got a 3-track EP available via Bandcamp and obviously does a lot of yoga. He describes his stuff as “lo-fi, hypnotic and dissonant songs, intrinsically connected to singular visuals.”
Destroy Nate Allen
A two-person folk-punk duo made of Nate Allen (obvs) and his wife Tessa, Destroy Nate Allen write catchy songs about everyday modern life (sample: “We Talk Occasionally on the Internet”) and do live shows that might best be described as “extreme unplugged”: no mics, no stage, just two people with a guitar and tambourine running around and singing in the audience’s faces like lunatics. They seem to be based currently in Portland, although we get the impression they move around a lot. Here’s their website. Here’s the Bandcamp page for their latest album, With Our Powers Combined.
A reader named Gerda suggested these guys to us, with the note, “Icelanders are generally weird.” We honestly don’t know much about this band, except that there seem to be two of them and their latest album is apparently called Division of Culture & Tourism. You can read more on their website, or just skip to the good stuff and watch this video for their song “Hovering Hoover Skates.”
Sweet Bread is the nom de troubadour of an English chap named Geoffrey Glees. When Geoff wrote in to us, he described his music as “in the alt/psych/folk/indie vein, largely acoustic with trad English songs as an influence. It is reminiscent of Bonnie Prince Billy, Shirley Collins, Roxy Music, Current 93, etc.” You can listen to his latest album, Kaerlud’s Raedan, on his Bandcamp page and read more about him on his Tumblr.
So there you have it! Head over to Facebook and start voting, won’t you? We’ll close voting on Jan. 25th and announce winner shortly thereafter. Good luck, you weirdos!