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Weird War ?Illuminated By The Light? [Drag City]

Though they were originally intended as a one-off project, this is the third full-length release by Weird War. The line up is frontman Ian Svenonius and bass player Michelle Mae (who also play together in the Make-Up), guitarist Alex Minoff (with Mr. Svenonius and Ms. Mae are the Scene Creamers) and drummer Sebastian Thomson. It was released 4/19/05.

When I heard the synth roto-tom fills on the first track, I figured that this band was either completely naff or completely great. Of course, as I listened further I decided it was the latter. Combining elements of funk, disco, and glam with a solid rock underpinning, they are beyond irony, beyond tribute, and on to their own thing.

Ian Svenonius‘s vocals are all over the place, with from falsettos and sobs to blas? intonations. He said in an interview that the only bad sounding vocal is a quiet vocal. He makes his point on this CD. Alex Minoff solos through almost the whole album with a compressed distorted tone that I haven’t heard since I lost my Rockman.

The lyrics have some great lines like ‘Why do girls like guys like that?’ and ‘I may be weak but history will vindicate me,? and my personal favorite, “I don’t love you any more… Have a nice time at the war.”
–Hunter Gatherer

  • Reviewed by Hunter Gatherer on June 4, 2005 at 8:09 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
  • 2 comments

  • 2 Comments

    The song “Your Beautiful” rings in my ears…

  • Comment by ragnyb, June 7th, 2006 1:11 am
  • Nothing, say it again
    Nothing, just mental poi-son

    the rhyme there is just brilliant. your favourite quote was great too.

  • Comment by Tom, July 13th, 2006 5:57 am

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