TUE, AUG 14, 2007 at 4:39 AM

Seaweed Reunion shows!


Our old pals in the mighty ’Weed have scheduled a couple of upcoming reunion shows here in Seattle! Like so:

Sept. 1 at The High Dive
Sept. 2 at Bumbershoot (they play at 9:30 on the EMP Sky Church stage)

Here’s the full scoop from the Seaweed Myspace page

Seaweed is an aggressive, melodic, and powerful unit originally formed in mighty Tacoma, WA. Formed in 1989 by high school friends Clint Werner, Aaron Stauffer, Wade Neal, John Atkins, and Bob Bulgrien, Seaweed quickly earned a reputation as a powerful and energetic live band. Seaweed joined the 7” revolution and put out several cuts on local fave Leopard Gecko. The kids seemed to love them dearly, so Sub Pop Records took a mild interest and signed the band. At Sub Pop, Seaweed produced an EP and two albums: the middling, yet endearing Despised, followed by hardcore-emo classics Weak and Four (Weak and Four are both currently out of print on CD and LP, but much of the Seaweed catalog is available through iTunes here). As a result of incessant domestic and international touring, the band inexplicably attracted the attention of several major labels. Seaweed decided to brass ring it on Hollywood Records in 1995. Later, as a result of many recording sessions gently steered by producer Adam Kaspar, the majestic, yet understated Spanaway was released. The band earned slots on the first Warped Tour and opened for Bad Religion and Green Day on several of many nationwide excursions. Although artistic visions were realized, album sales did not accrue as quickly as the suits had hoped. Suddenly finding themselves too indie for the majors due to cruel corporate cost-cutting measures, they signed with beloved Merge Records for 1999’s Actions and Indications, a raw and clever set of melodic and punkish tracks. The band was also joined for the project by the great Alan Cage of Quicksand on drums, Bob Bulgrien having left the group in 1996. Despite lovely tours to Brazil and the US, the band found itself broken up by the end of the millennium. However, happier times are upon the group now. Reunion feelings have been brewing for some time, and the band has decided to make its first re-appearance at Bumbershoot 2007 in Seattle. Although they have not graced the stage for years, Seaweed has impacted many, many slightly younger and much more talented bands (See Hot Water Music, Alexisonfire, Elemae, The Receiving End of Sirens, This is Hell, Fall Out Boy, etc.) A tribute album is set to be released on Engineer Records in early 2008. A new album of original material is in the works.

As well, our friends at KEXP will be broadcasting Seaweed’s Sept. 1 performance live from The High Dive. Those of you unable to make either of these shows should avail yourselves of this broadcast, via KEXP’s radio transmission or on the WWW.

Posted by Chris Jacobs