"All of us in Weedeater camp sincerely regret that we cannot make it to Total Fest this year. The organizers were great and we were very much looking forward, however for reasons beyond our control we had to postpone our whole western tour, including this show. We know it will be a fantastic time and we hope to see you there next year!"
Something about the south and the doom. It's like Birmingham in the late sixties or something. What is it? The zeitgeist? The water? Fried food? The air? Other elements? I, mean, it's the people, obviously, but you know what I'm saying. What else? I guess humidity, whiskey distilleries, good pot growing conditions, disaffection, and strong musical traditions and you've got some of the country's most fertile, err, topsoil for this stuff.
I think filthy Jim Anderson's responsible playing me my first Weedeater. It was their .... And Justice For Y'all record, which still kills me.
Weedeater basically are about slab after hefty slab of riff, pounded home with drums, bass and growled over by a man possessed. They're from Wilmington, NC. They've been at it solidly since 1998, have got through some lineup changes, but really it's steadily been the same, deeply satisfying stuff since they started, and they've just mined deeper and deeper into the riffs.
Lots of good interviews out there with "Dixie" Dave Collins, who also was in the weird and excellent 90's group Buzzov'en, who along with some other southern groups like Eyehategod and Acid Bath, etc. were some of the first to get called "sludge" metal. You know, if you're into the historical side of all this stuff. You can still get passes for Total Fest here. We'll see you in August, right?