February Facebook poll: Vote for Archbishop Jason Polland, Moira Scar, Punk Bunny, Traveler, or VirginTurtleWhore

[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

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

Moira Scar Stud Aug. 25 by Miguel

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

punkbunny

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.

Traveler

Traveler

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.

VirginTurtleWhore

VirginTurtleWhore

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!

Advertisements

January Facebook poll is up: Vote now for BlackBambi, Destroy Nate Allen, Ghostigital, or Sweet Bread

[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:

BlackBambi

blackbambi

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

DestroyNateAllen

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.

Ghostigital

ghostigital

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

SweetBread

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!