Soundcheck: Meet Seven Stone Weaklings
Post by Carell Casey on 9/17/2012 9:55am
Seven Stone Weaklings with Cement Pond
Thursday, September 20th, 6 p.m. FREE
High Noon Saloon's Outdoor Patio
"We are unashamedly billing this show as 'we're opening for the fucking Melvins!'" said Dar Ward, drummer and vocalist with Seven Stone Weaklings. (They're not REALLY opening for the Melvins. You see, the Melvins-lite is playing inside the High Noon later that evening. But, let's not rain on their parade!)
The Madison-based punk cover band whose name means “98 pound weakling” in British slang was started on a whim in early spring of 2009. Ward wanted to become the replacement drummer for Jim Goronson's band Aniv de la Rev, but had a fear of not having the chops to pull off the Latin-influenced Cumbia beats. So he proposed starting a shitty punk band that did late 70s British tunes instead.
"We’ve always tried to pick songs that weren’t super obvious. We try not to pick hits, though sometimes that does happen," Ward said. "Personally I like anything that I’m not worried that I might screw up. But the disgusting songs kind of crack me up," she said referring to songs like Maniac, Too Drunk to Fuck, and I’ve Been So Mad Lately.
"The lyrics of those songs are just over the top ridiculously offensive. I don’t know why I like that but I do. I guess because it is so opposite to what we are all like in real life. Which is to say that we are not date rapists or necrophiliacs. Point of reference, my favorite lyric in the entire set is 'You give me head, it makes it worse, take out your fucking retainer and put it in your purse.' There’s probably something wrong with me that this is the highlight of any session with SSW," she continued.
"I’m also partial to a recent add, Mr. DNA, which is a Devo song that is probably outside our target genre but it sounds punk. I like it cause Kelley Deal covered it recently and so I get to pretend I’m her when I sing it (or maybe I’m pretending to be Kristian Svitak while I’m drumming). Either way, bonus!," she added
"This band saved me from quitting playing in bands entirely. I had had a few musical things that meant a lot to me fall apart over a period of a few years, sometimes through my own fault and sometimes not, and I was afraid to try again. But Jim asking me to start SSW basically kick-started a whole new universe of opportunities for me. I met a new family of musicians. It gave me a new sense of confidence, however limited. It has led to lots of good things," she concluded.
For this band world domination and free beers are NOT the goal. "We all have other projects to suit our various goals and needs. It’s hard to keep track, but I think that amongst us we have a incestuous family of something like ten bands. Weaklings is about not worrying about a goal. An often quoted phrase at rehearsals is “Aw fuck it…it’s punk rock.” That said, we do actually put a fair amount of work into the thing, trying to rehearse every week if possible. Though rehearsals are as much a social as they are a musical outlet," Ward commented.
They will be joined by Cement Pond, a local three piece band who experiment with any number of musical styles which can include combining punk with waltz or pop with psychedelia.
Carell Casey is a contributing writer for dane101.
She is also a musician (both solo and as a singer/songwriter, and guitarist in local band Fire and Love), is a Holistic Life Coach and Intuitive Counselor, and advocates for Animal Rights, Peace, Equality, Justice, and Racial Healing.
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