Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jersey Shores - Japanese Release

Jersey Shores is also getting a Japanese release (a first for us) through Red Cobalt Industries. The pressing features all new art design by resident Nat Damm, but still incorporating Jesse's work.

Available now for $15 USD / 1,500 Yen

• First pressing of 500 units worldwide.
• Randomly mixed colour 12" vinyl and CD included in the same package
• 420 x 594mm Colour Poster on matte poster paper
• 560 x 276mm double-sided colour insert on matte poster paper
• All artwork and designs by Nat Damm
• 279mm x 279mm double-sided full-colour insert

Monday, October 11, 2010

Jersey Shores Vinyl

Vinyl available through Alternative Tentacles. - $12

CD available through Neurot.

Half drunken ramblings after the pictures...

So we released Jersey Shores in October 2008, the release show was also our 10 year anniversary as a band, free to the public, and populated with all our close friends, family, and long time fans. Writing, recording, and especially performing the album was a taxing, yet ultimately rewarding experience. I feel like we grew substantially as musicians in that time, and it was a central part of solidifying the band's sound with Aaron as an established and talented contributor. Blah blah blah, yeah... But it's special to me. The fucking record means a lot to us.

Neurot released the CD, and I still feel like they are the perfect home for the tone of the album. It fits better next to Neurosis and US Christmas than it does Dead Kennedys and Triclops. The moniker on the inside of the record "Get dark. Get high. Get loud." is meant as a very sincere listening suggestion. It sold about as well as all our other records, which is not very much. Due to various financial and political reasons with Neurot and Revolver the album never got pressed to vinyl. Revolver are shit by the way, just as shady as the Mordam/Lumberjack capitalist mayhem that occurred just before they went under. Akimbo stopped touring all the time which killed the momentum that normally fuels our prolific behavior, and I started worrying that the vinyl would get forgotten and possibly never be released.

It's weird to me that we don't play these songs live all that much. It feels like there's an unspoken understanding that this record is a unique departure for us, and it deserves its own special place in our history. It's also meant to be heard as a single cohesive piece, so it feels weird playing just a song and then stopping when you know it should go on for another 40, 30 or 20 minutes. Somehow it feels very okay to just leave this album alone as a time stamp on a moment.

After two goddamn years I'm now holding the vinyl in my living room. A few good friends ended up stepping to the plate for us on putting the vinyl out and while I truly thank them all, we ended up going with Mr. Biafra and Alternative Tentacles. Jesse Roberts' beautiful oil paintings can now be appreciated at the size and majesty that they were created at, and I can finally breathe easy knowing the record has ran a full lap around the underground apathy course. More importantly though, I have it. We're not the kind of band that has a ravenous following. We persevere because we like the music and it's fun, and having a physical manifestation of the trials and memories is extremely important to me.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Dungeon Bastard

Hope everyone who went to PAX enjoyed it.

I know I did.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sept 16th: Verellen Amps Night @ Neumos w/ Helms Alee, Akimbo, Narrows, The Dark

Playing a very awesome show Sept 16th at Neumos. Here's a picture of the massive poster on capitol hill if you haven't see it yet. The show is a Verellen Amps showcase night. Come see my new DYNAMO in person.

Monday, April 19, 2010

6/25 - El Corazon w/ Saint Vitus

We are slathering dudes and/or babes with oily riffs, June 25th at El Corazon.

Friday June 25th (All Ages/Bar W/ID)
Saint Vitus
Stone Axe
Witch Mountain
$18 ADV / $20 DOS
Doors at 7:00pm
Show at 8:00pm

Tickets available at all TICKETSWEST outlets, including Rudy's Barber Shops and select QFC Stores, charge by phone (Seattle 632-TIXX), all other areas 1-800-992-TIXX (8499).  Online at  Tickets are subject to a service charge.

Who is Stone Axe? No idea. Better than Golden Axe?


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Black Flag in Portland - 5/29 @ East End


By special request... Black Flag is happening again in Portland OR, May 29th @ East End. This is a birthday gift. Happy birthday.

Also playing: Merrick Foundation and Fruit of the Legion of Loom.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Farewell Bloodhag

Bloodhag's last show was this Friday night in Seattle. Label mates of ours and long time friends and all around excellent dudes, they went out with a bang and will surely be missed. I don't think I've ever seen a band that can out-heckle a heckler quite like Bloodhag. All the members have new projects, the only one of which I've heard is one of my favorite local groups Android Hero. Oh yeah, and some shitty turd called White Jazz.

If my observations are correct this would put The Ruby Doe as the last remaining Seattle rock band from our birthing era that was around before us. Are we really Seattle's second longest standing rock band that hasn't broken up or gone on some kind of hiatus? I'm aware the The Accused has been around since I was born, but didn't they stop playing at one point?

In any case, good night sweet Bloodhag. For me this is truly the end of an important piece of my personal musical history. Bloodhag was instrumental in plucking a fledgling Akimbo from our cribs and showing us the proverbial ropes. I consider all you guys good friends and fathers of Seattle metal.

(Note: The "crap" playing in the background sounds like Harshing your Mellow?)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Visions Magazine METAL Interview

For the record, Visions is a great magazine. They've always been very supportive of us. If you can read German check them out.

Did this interview a while back for the German music magazine Visions and it just missed the deadline, so it looks like it'll never see print... Here it is. An interview with Jon solely dedicated to METAL.

>>> What is your background metal-wise? What metal bands have inspired you most and why? When did you get into metal, what attracted you about it?

I got into metal really young, and then I only listened to punk, and then I got back into metal once I realized how bad ass Slayer is. I think my favorite classic metal bands would be Slayer, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Riot, and all the Cliff Burton Metallica records. Contemporary metal bands I really like are At the Gates, The Haunted, Amon Amarth, Saviours and my all time favorite is Pig Destroyer. I also like silly fantasy metal like Blind Guardian, Hammerfall, Rhapsody, Lucca Turrilli, and all that elves in the forest nonsense. What attracts me about metal is that you can play Dungeons and Dragons to it. The thing that probably initially attracted me to metal is the album covers. Any band that puts dragons, blood, swords, zombies, or dead bodies on their cover is a band that speaks to my interests.

>>> Have you played in non-metal bands before? If so, why did you choose doing metal after that?

Yes I have, and you're right. I always come back to metal. I think the reason for that is metal is uncompromisingly brutal music and I am an uncompromisingly brutal dude. Hail Satan.

>>> What is your general view on metal and the metal scene these days? Is there “a scene” at all? What’s most impressive about it? What is it missing yet?

I wouldn't know if there's a metal "scene", I don't go to tons of shows and I don't listen to every new album right when it comes out. What I love about metal is the built in community of brutal dudes that love brutal music. What I love about metal shows is the group mentality that we are all here to see some people shred riffs and get brutal. If a band fails in that they have failed everyone, and when a band succeeds in that they have triumphed and they will be supported. Metal is about consistency in brutality. Nobody wants to hear your art album, unless it kicks ass. Or has a demon witch on the cover. Then we'll check it out.

>>> Regarding you’re a relatively young band, it’s likely you haven’t grown up on classic late 70s, early 80s metal but grunge, stoner rock or alternative rock? Has that also left traces in your music?

Shit, I don't feel like a young band, but I get what you're saying. Even though I wasn't around when the "classic bands" were playing, I think their contributions have resonated the most with me. All my favorite bands are people who look to these bands or somehow replicate it. Like take a drummer in a band like Nile, that drumming is undeniably phenomenal in it's own way, but drumming that really resonates with me is when a dude like Per Moller Jensen can get thrashy in The Haunted and then also throw in those John Bonham style fills that make you yell out loud and tip your beer. Personally, that's the shit I really get behind and that's what I try to replicate in my bass playing. I'd rather mix in a little Geezer Butler flair than just go for down tuned overdriven fuzz to just support frantic guitars.... But that shit's cool too.

>>> What other genres do you feel connected to?

Early punk rock is still a huge influence to us, and we all love 90's post-punk stuff like Shellac, Jesus Lizard, Drive Like Jehu, all that stuff. I love grunge, for lack of a better term. Soundgarden is one of my all time favorite bands.

>>> What metal clich├ęs do you stick to, which ones do you avoid?

I love that in metal you have succeeded if you create something dark and evil, whereas most other popular music styles it's all about good feelings and being romantic or being positive. Boring! I don't want to hear about how much you love some dreamy eyed hooker who blew you while you were high on cocaine. I want to hear about orcs destroying villages, evil wizards, zombie soldiers, the end of the world. Angel of death! I mean, what's cooler: Eddie from Iron Maiden, or that stupid fucking Grateful Dead bear? Eddie! Eddie is cooler! He would stab that bear in the face and shit on the wound.

Also swords. We stick to the swords cliche. We all own knives and swords. Swords are fucking awesome and if you don't agree I don't like you.

The only part of the metal community I cannot identify with is the tough guy alpha mail posturing. You know these dudes I'm talking about, the weight lifter types with shitty tattoos and low baseball caps that just go to shows to be aggressive. These are usually the singers of bands who start yelling all this ridiculous garbage between songs about "honor" and "staying true" and "don't fuck with me or I will maul your face" and all that shit. Am I describing Hatebreed? Haha, yeah I probably am. I don't need any of that bullshit with my metal. You want to know who the real tough guys are? Manowar. Look at those fucking guys. THOSE are brutal dudes you don't want to fuck with.

>>> Do you (still) feel connected to what’s going on with metal dinosaurs like Maiden, Priest or Metallica? Do you buy a new Megadeth album, do you go to Heaven And Hell shows e.g.?

Hell yes. Maiden still puts on a great show. Slayer is still a fantastic live band. Halford is still a great singer. Those are bands that have proven their worth for decades now and people would be stupid to discredit that. There are a few exceptions out there though. Metallica will probably never make up for load and reload, no matter how hard they try. They fucked it up. They failed in front of the whole community and have been banished. Did they die with Cliff? No, Justice was a sweet album and always will be. They died when they started writing pop songs and thinking Bob Seger covers were a good idea. Fuck off. Do not want.

>>> How important is having your own vision of metal in 2010? What does metal need these days? What has improved about metal in the last few years?

What metal needs these days is another "triumph over disco". I'm pretty fed up with contemporary popular music. I would love to see another revolt and have brutal music be supported en masse again like it was in the 80's.

I'm not one to analyze how metal is changing or transitioning or improving from year to year. What I love about metal is it's consistency. There's no new sound or hot new trend. All metal bands recognize that they need to be brutal to succeed. It's consistent. There are many flavors, but the meal always satisfies in the same way.

>>> So you feel like metal is definitely in transition?

That's not what I said at all. It's as if you wrote that question without actually reading my answers first. Haha.

If metal is transitioning I'm not interested. Did you hear that Ryan Adams is doing a metal record? I don't want that. He is not invited to this party.

>>> How important are the elements beyond the music itself for you – the lyrics, the artwork, your image (for a lack of a better word)?

Personal image is not important to me. There's definitely a "look" for metal fans, but it's not polarizing in any way. The metal community is very accepting. You can be ugly, fat, have bad skin, a horrific face... people wont care. They'll rock out with you. Look at some of the dudes in metal bands. There are some ugly ass motherfuckers on stage these days, shit that would never fly in Fallout Boy or The Strokes. We don't care. If that ugly person on stage can shred out some serious artillery then it's all good.

>>> Why do you think are a lot of the innovative new metal bands from North America and relatively few from Europe (whereas Europe has a bigger metal tradition)?

Because America loves violence and censors sex, and Europeans love tits and censor violence. Violence is more brutal, so we win. WINNERS!

>>> How did you get signed to your label? How close are you working with the label?

We played with Neurosis in Seattle and they recognized our appreciation of brutality and helped us get it out there. We've been out of touch with them for a while but things are all good. Neurot is good people.

>>> Any closing remarks?

Fly on your wings like an eagle. Fly as high as the sun. On your wings. Like an eagle.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Comments on Shrinebuilder

As quoted in Seattle Weekly (full article linked):

..."To be perfectly honest, I was left wanting a little more from it," confesses Jon Weisnewski, bassist/vocalist for local metal mainstays Akimbo, which also released its most recent record on Neurot. "Based on pedigree alone, Shrinebuilder inadvertently set the bar extremely high for themselves, but that's no reason to downplay their collaboration just because it isn't this fanboy fantasy of Houdini plus Through Silver in Blood plus Dopesmoker," he continues, referencing the highlights of each band's back catalog. "The record is definitely quality, and I'm frothing to see them play it live. Regardless of any preconceived expectations I had whipped up in my head for the album, I am 100 percent positive that these men will crush souls in a live setting."...
 And here's the full, non-edited version:

To be perfectly honest I was left wanting a little more from it. I'm a huge fan of all members and their respective projects and when you hear about a lineup like this you want so badly for it to be this monumental end-all be-all of heavy music. For me it wasn't, but thinking about it I don't think I can pin point what that record would sound like. I had the same reaction to Them Crooked Vultures, good stuff but in my eyes not as good as the contributors' individual projects. 
Based on pedigree alone Shrinebuilder inadvertently set the bar extremely high for themselves, but that's no reason to down play their collaboration just because it isn't this fanboy fantasy of HoudiniThrough Silver in Blood plus Dopesmoker x 100. The record is definitely quality, and I'm frothing to see them play it live. All those wonderful dudes have been players on records that are all time favorites of mine. Crover's drumming... Cisneros's bass rig live is just pure victory. Regardless of any preconceived expectations I had whipped up in my head for the album, I am 100% positive that these men will crush souls in a live setting. I'm really excited for the show, and for their future I really hope this isn't just a flash in the pan or some kind of Probot bullshit. They should make more records and make me eat my words. I would be happy to do so. 
We'll be at the show. See you there!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

LORDS in June

Our buddies LORDS are coming back through this summer. It'll be at Comet on June 16th. Crazy shit occurs when we are around Lords. Potential happenings:
  • Jon gets punched in the arm enough to form a bruise resembling a quasar shift.
  • Someone pukes up steak in someone's bathtub.
  • Someone does drugs on a roof.
  • A full day is spent watching Live Aid DVDs.
  • Squirt guns inside.
  • More arm, stomach, and chest punching.
  • Expert heckling on all fronts.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Beard on a cyclops on a shirt on YOUR BODY

Hey. Do this.

Posted a la Nat:

Dudes and Babes,
shameless self promotion here. My Bearded Cyclops shirt is up on Please vote for it. The shirt is metallic silver and white on black shirts. It only takes a sec to vote and its free. There are tons of other cool shirt and print designs on the site too.

here's the link:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Goodbye TAAS

(nom nom nom)

A fond farewell to our brothers in noise and rehearsal, These Arms Are Snakes who have officially called the bitch off. I will never forget you guys opening for us in 2002 and thinking "Awww... I miss Botch... But at least it's not as bad as that Minus the Bees band or whatever...", and then seeing you guys in 2007 and after 5 years realizing well shit, they're actually pretty fucking good.

Regardless of whether or not you liked their music, I think we all can congregate and appreciate their true gift to the underground community which is perhaps the best band name to make jokes with. The Abodox hit a fucking line drive with the song title "These Arms are Arms" released on their first record (I believe the same year their Snakes' first album came out), and less officially we'd use it on tour all the time to describe any number of situations: these dudes are tired, these beers are hot, these bands are shits, these waffles are stales, these drives are brutals, etc. I truly believe the art was perfected in the White Jazz song title "These Arms Are Snakes On A Plane", penned by one Jared B. Eglington.

On a more sober tone, a sincere tip of the hat to some excellent musicians and a great rock band. It's a shame to see another of our ilk bite the dust, and unless they all go on to lucrative careers as bar-room DJs spinning ipod play lists I'm curious to see where things go for our boys. Brian, I hope you continue to ground Russian Circles in the way that only you can, and that The Stranger continues to employ your skills and insights in observing many otherwise ignored bands and trends in today's music. Steve, I hope you find new microphone cables to choke yourself with, and I'm sure that steady stream of poon will keep flowing. Ryan, you are awesome and Narrows will dominate as hard as you allow it. Chris, get your goddamn drums out of our practice space.

We love all you dudes.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Bass Amp

Mr. Ben Verellen is working on a special Jon-only bass amp for me at the moment. Stopped by the shop today to give it a test run but there were some technical difficulties so I still haven't heard the beast sing her song yet. Grabbed a pic of the frame though!

The pattern on the front is a custom design.

The amp is inspired by this guy:

Friday, January 1, 2010

Soundgarden reunion

About goddamn time.

My new years resolution is to mosh like an asshole to Rusty Cage.