with All Eyes West and (Damn) This Desert Air
Friday, Apr 22, 2011 8:00 PM EDT
The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
21 years and over
Seaweed is an aggressive, melodic, and powerful unit originally formed in mighty Tacoma, WA. Formed in 1989 by high school friends Clint Werner, Aaron Stauffer, Wade Neal, John Atkins, and Bob Bulgrien, Seaweed quickly earned a reputation as a powerful and energetic live band.
As a result of incessant domestic and international touring, the band inexplicably attracted the attention of several major labels. Seaweed decided to brass ring it on Hollywood Records in 1995. Later, as a result of many recording sessions gently steered by producer Adam Kaspar, the majestic, yet understated Spanaway was released. The band earned slots on the first Warped Tour and opened for Bad Religion and Green Day on several of many nationwide excursions. Although artistic visions were realized, album sales did not accrue as quickly as the suits had hoped. Suddenly finding themselves too indie for the majors due to cruel corporate cost-cutting measures, they signed with beloved Merge Records for 1999’s Actions and Indications, a raw and clever set of melodic and punkish tracks. The band was also joined for the project by the great Alan Cage of Quicksand on drums, Bob Bulgrien having left the group in 1996. Despite lovely tours to Brazil and the US, the band found itself broken up by the end of the millennium.
However, happier times are upon the group now. Reunion feelings have been brewing for some time, and the band recently to made its first re-appearance at Bumbershoot 2007 in Seattle. Although they had not graced the stage for years, Seaweed has impacted many, many slightly younger talented bands (See Hot Water Music, Alexisonfire, Elemae, The Receiving End of Sirens, This is Hell, Fall Out Boy, etc.) and new album of original material is in the works.