[Update: This poll has closed, but check back soon for our next weird band poll.]
It’s that magical time again, weirdlings: That time when we let you guys drive the crazy bus for awhile. Help us decide which one of these bands and artists—each weird in their own way, like beautiful snowflakes—is worthiest of being a future Weird Band of the Week.
Read the handy-dandy Weird Band Voter Guide below for a little background, then head over to our Facebook page and cast your vote. The (at least) fifth-or-sixth most exciting thing ever to happen to one of these bands hangs in the balance.
Let’s meet the candidates:
Archbishop Jason Polland
A reader named Jason told us about this prolific solo weirdo, about whom we know little beyond the fact that he’s vegan (explains the pallid complexion), appears to be based in Phoenix or thereabouts, and has been making music both solo and in various collaborative projects (including Plague Party, Mental Rental, and The Nourishment) since 1988. Here’s his website, and here’s a video of him performing his song “God Polka” which—surprise!—is not a song about the Almighty’s dance moves.
Moira Scar introduced themselves to us recently as “3 alien/ape hybrids frenetically switching off 7 instruments with interchanging personas and possessions.” They call their sound “Monsterwave.” They’re from Oakland, a city whose weirdness we can personally vouch for. I once went on a bar crawl there where my designated (totally sober) driver was an environmental attorney wearing a kilt and fishnets. But I digress. Here’s Moira Scar’s Blogspot, and here’s the video for their song “Organ Grinder.” Dig that sax!
Punk Bunny is the electroclash project of L.A. queer-punk provocateur Gil Sandoval, aka Luigi. From his official bio: “His music is notable for its extreme sexual content, gay cultural references and incorporating unusual elements in his live performances such as drag-queens and outrageous costumes.” Here’s his website, which includes a shit-ton of videos—or XXXideos, as he likes to call them. We started with “I Wanna Fuck” and then stopped, because we’re delicate flowers.
If you think ouds and bouzoukis are weird—or if you have no idea what the fuck those things are—Traveler might just blow your mind. Here’s how they described their music to us: “We fuse traditional ethnic Arabic, East Indian, Turkish, Celtic and Greek music with hard rock/heavy metal.” They also have a “mad mad violinist,” who does indeed shred. Here’s their website, and here’s a video with lots of dramatic slow-motion footage of their live show.
Freak experimental death metal from Mexico! What’s not to love about that sentence? Here’s VirginTurtleWhore’s Facebook page, and here’s a video they sent us with lots of animals fighting and fucking. Again I say, what’s not to love?
So there you have it! Head over to Facebook and start voting, won’t you? We’ll close voting on Feb. 21st and announce a winner shortly thereafter. Good luck, you weirdos!