The Weapons

The Weapons

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The Weapons with their punchy, occasionally trashy-sounding gutter-pop were named #4 in the Seattle Times Top 10 Bands of 2005, receiving acclaim for their powerful Debut EP 'Formula For a Fight' which has influences ranging from the late 70's punk, 90's grunge, and the garage rock scene of late.

Biography

The breathlessly awaited release of the EP Formula for a Fight marks one more notch in the bazooka for Seattle pop/post-grunge/garage rockers The Weapons on their trek toward giga-stardom.

Formula hits the streets and the airwaves just a year after the minimalist trio--Theo Prince on guitar and vocals, Dan Wrenn on bass and Erik Schultz on drums--emerged from the goop of the Seattle-area music scene. Full-fledged as of May 2004, The Weapons have been splashing the Northwest with their swatches of multi-chromed pop tunes in venues from Seattle to Spokane to Portland. On stage, they opt for connection over pretension, sincerity over facade. If it's polish you're looking for, go find a shoeshine stand; for a dose of musical reality, check out The Weapons--in concert or on this disc.

The EP focuses on the group's harder-rocking material. As DJ Chilly of Seattle's KEXP 90.3 FM puts it, "This rules! A nice debut from this Seattle trio. Super catchy with all the right rough edges, I can't get it out of my car stereo." But The Weapons' palette covers a much broader spectrum. The band's mostly introspective songs, written with an ear toward honesty, purity and accessibility, are penned by Prince, who pumps out raw guitar licks and delivers sandpapery vocals in his signature tilt-lipped style (depicted in the EP's cover art and referenced in the track "Jawbreaker": "I've got a crooked smile on the left-hand side"). Wrenn lays down a sturdy yet melodic bass foundation under the full range of The Weapons' song styles; and Schultz, despite his manic contortions on stage, adheres to a less-is-more percussion creed that bangs no drum before its time.

Prince founded an earlier incarnation of the group in 2003. Wrenn came on board in early 2004, and the band was complete in its current form, and with its current name, when Schultz joined them a few months later, following stints with a number of other local groups (most recently Sole Moxie). They started recording for the EP last December, with a little help from friends in the local music scene (Ragan Crowe of Shim pitched in on the mixing; David Miller of Beehive contributes guitar on a couple of tracks). The release on June 24, 2005 was marked by a high-class release party and thunderous peals of exaltation--"YES!!! Formula for a Fight is out," exclaimed the web site www.theweapons.com. It wasn't long before people took notice; John Richards of KEXP included the track "Numb" on their first ever Podcast, and The Seattle Times named The Weapons #4 in the 2005 Top Ten New Bands. The Weapons have also received airplay on KEXP 90.3FM as well as KNDD 107.7FM in Seattle.

But the trio won't be resting on their laurels. They've kept up an active performance schedule—including The Crocodile Cafe, The Sunset Tavern and Chop Suey in Seattle, The Green Room in Portland and The Blvd. in Spokane--and they've no intention of stopping, short of guest gigs on Saturday Night Live and Letterman, simultaneous cover pieces in Rolling Stone and Spin, and maybe, just maybe, a Nobel Prize. Dreaming too big, you say? Nah. It's all just more notches on their bazooka.

Lyrics

Fade to Gray

Written By: The Weapons

Tell me dear if I can't seem to get it right
Whisper near into the pale blue light
It's my only chance to say my peace
Til the day when I get released

Cause I'll be here until we list our fears away
I'll hold my breath until the sunlight fades to gray

Be my queen and I'll make it work for you
Hold my heart until my eyes turn blue
It's your life and I won't tell you what to do
Just be sure that your words ring true

Cause I'll be here until we list our fears away
I'll hold my breath until the sunlight fades to gray

40 oz.

Written By: The Weapons

Oh my my with a needle in my eye if you say too much you know you'll surely be dead... in your bed
Oh hell yes you’re in such a mess with a girl like that you have surely been blessed, oh yes... you've been blessed

I'm just alone with my forty ounce
Wishing that a gun wasn't in this house
I'm counting up all my extra change
Cause I'm coming for you and I'm a little deranged

I'll be back before the sun goes down...

Now it's just me and an empty chair in a pencil pusher suit and without a care in the world.
I'm saving my pennies for that look on your face when the light goes out and you know it's too late to say goodbye.

I'm just alone with my forty ounce
Wishing that a gun wasn’t in this house
I'm counting up all my extra change
Cause I'm coming for you and I'm a little deranged

Jawbreaker

Written By: The Weapons

I've got a facelift, kiss on my upper lip
I've got a jaw-breaker, glare with this stare
I've got a crooked smile, on the left-hand side
I've got to jump the gap, and it's a mile wide

I don't care if I die if the time is right, I don't care if I die

It's only my hands, my face, my feet
An easy way home on a vacant street
It's only my thighs, my lips, my eyes
Dusty shutters and you on my right-hand side

I don't care if I die if the time is right, I don't care if I die

Discography

Formula For a Fight- EP (2005)
Airplay: (entire EP) on KEXP, 90.3FM Seattle
(Jawbreaker, 40oz, Numb) on KNDD, 107.7FM Seattle
KEXP Podcast #1, Summer 2005 (broke into the top 50 on iTunes downloads)

Set List

The Weapons typically like to play for 45min-1hour, playing from 10-14 of their original songs with about half of them coming from their debut EP and the rest being new songs to be recorded sometime in mid-2006.