An Interview by Holl(i)y
Drowned In Sound describe Weird War's new album thus:
Take bluesy rock as one, distant reference point, filter it through
frantic guitars, and juttering interference, throwing in mutated post-Holocaust
musical atrocities and you may have something along the lines of 'If
You Cant Beat em, Bite em'... Its been too long
since someone ripped through the scenery to the extent that Weird War
have; long may they continue.
Made up of Ian Svenonious and Michelle May of the recently deceased
Make-Up along with Dave Pajo (Papa M), Neil Hagerty (ex Royal Trux)
and um... Stephen McCarty, Weird War are set to soon to invade Britain's
shores. Holl(i)y tried to find out what we are to expect, while the
band remained defiantly cryptic.
So, Weird War - who's involved?
Rumour: "Weird War is the the outcome of a magick spell; eye of
newt, wing of bat and menstrual blood buried under a rock on a full
TRUTH: Weird War is comprised of Alex Minoff on Electric Guitar, Michelle
Mae on Electric Bass Guitar, and Ian Svenonius on Vocals. Being an umbrella
organization, Weird War sometimes includes other guests of distinction.
Was the journey from Nation of Ulysses through the Make Up to Weird
War a natural progression? Or does each one represent a starting over
Rumour: "Weird War are absolutely irrational and nothing has been
predetermined from day to day".
FACT: Though irrational, Weird War have charted out their development
over time with graphs and with help from former Soviet planners. Their
desire: to create a musical narrative which leads the culture's leaders
to their own destruction. They make their music according to the inspirations
they encounter and sometimes fashion it in reaction to trends they find
Why the name change from Scene Creamers to Weird War?
Rumour: "The name change was precipitated by a threatened legal
suit by French graffiti artists".
TRUTH: Weird War cannot comment on this matter publicly right now.
How does Weird War #1 fit into the picture?
Rumour: "Each Weird War (AKA Scene Creamers) record is different
from the other"
TRUTH: Yes! This is true.
What can Weird War offer the listener which they can't get from
any other band?
Rumour: "Weird War is the sole answer to the hype based careerism,
empty formalism and vacuity which has infected what was once a genuinely
underground rock n roll scene". TRUTH: as above.
You've always used music as a platform and loaded it with politics
- how great an effect do you think music can have on people's opinions?
Why choose music as a medium rather than any other artform?
Rumour: "Weird War see music as a way to disseminate politics".
TRUTH: Weird War are concerned with making music, and with the celebration
of the irrational and illogic and the insinuated destruction of the
existing order, musical and otherwise.
Does Weird War see the clone nature of the revisionist groups as
a direct analogue to the fascism and conformity which defines 21st century
-The answer is 'yes'.
And their general idiocy an infiltration conspiracy by counterintelligence
-Well, of course they do!
Does Weird War recognize 'culture' as a potent ideological tool,
as with the dissemination of pro-US army hollywood movies across the
Does Weird War recognize their place and their responsibility in
-Again the answer is 'yes'.
Where do you stand on the war in Iraq? Britain's seen a spate of
anti-war gigs and records - has anything of that sort sprung out of
the war and into the music scene in America(except from the Dixie Chicks,
Rumour: "Weird War has included a song, called 'AK-47' on their
new record, "IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM, BITE 'EM" which could
be called a celebration of nationalist resistance movements worldwide
which fight Anglo-American imperialism"
TRUTH: Yes, the song 'AK-47' addresses the technology gap which faces
Anti-colonial guerilla fighters.
What do you aim to put into Weird War live shows to make it something
you can't get from the records?
Rumour: "Live gigs are the same as listening to a record".
TRUTH: This rumour is untrue; the two experiences are different.
How much difference has the fact that you're completely outside
the current(and, indeed, all past) musical "fashion" made
getting press, booking gigs etc?
Rumour: "Weird War don't fit in with what's happening right now
TRUTH: True! Weird War is, in fact, directly opposed to what's happening
How important is image and artwork to you?
Rumour: "The pure experience of a group is only sound, and without
images or performance"
TRUTH: No! A group is the sum of its parts really; the separation of
sound and sight is an invention of recording technology.
What's next on the Weird War schedule?
Rumour: "Weird War will fly to Mars on NASA's behalf"
TRUTH: This is untrue; Weird War not fly to Mars on behalf of NASA.
And finally, how can people get hold of further info and, more importantly,
Rumour: "Weird War can be contacted, and their records (Scene Creamers/Weird
War) obtained, through Drag City Records".
TRUTH: Yes; Drag City Records (www.dragcity.com)is
Weird War's commercial conduit.
This interview first appeared on Drowned