- Dapper dudes or total weenies?
w/ Cruiserweight, Steve Hit Mike
Fri. May 5
1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
Bands mature between albums: that's what they do, right? Well, most bands mature between albums ... and Feable Weiner isn't like most bands. This fun-loving quartet from the Nashville/Murfreesboro scene has been known to rock tuxedos (and even Speedos) on stage at shows and pen humorous lyrics, which they set to perfectly melodic music.
Always in good humor, Feable Weiner is one of the most fun bands to experience live. As the guys approached a new album and a new tour, City Paper caught up with lead vocalist/guitarist Atom Andersen to see just how little they have actually "matured."
CITY PAPER: Feable Weiner has been off the radar for a while. What exactly have you guys been up to?
Atom Andersen: We've been doing a little of this and some of that, but mostly waxing up our surf boards, though we live in Tennessee. Seriously, on our last record, we toured for just close to three years straight. For the past half-year, we turned our focus to writing and recording the next record, aptly titled 2FN HOT. Oh yeah, and we were also busy setting up the coolest hotline you'll ever call: 615-424-7070. Caution though; it is pretty dern hot.
CP: Tell us about the new record you guys have been working on.
AA: We've already deemed the record the most anticipated record of all time. Other than that, I don't really know how else to describe it, except check out clips of the songs we so graciously put up on our MySpace page. 2FN HOT is finished. The record will be out later this summer on a major after our tour with Cruiserweight. After we release our first single off the record, "East Coast Girls," it'll be the first chance for people to hear songs off of the new record plus tons of unreleased jive.
CP: Your last album, Dear Hot Chick,
was in a Trapper-Keeper package. Anything planned for this one?
AA: We hesitate to say what our new packaging angle is because it's so good, we don't want anyone to steal it before our record is out. It's that good. Trust me. Let's just say we're going for the Grammy this year for packaging. I'm not kidding. We've turned up the level of ferocity on this record, meaning we're not even trying to fuck around. We've come a long way in three years, as you'd hope.
CP: Have you guys maintained your sense of humor on the new songs?
AA: We have a song called "Dude, Your Girlfriend Sucks." And our band name is still Feable Weiner. Very much, yes.
CP: So you guys take the band seriously?
AA: It's our job to be Feable Weiner, as weird as that sounds. So, of course we take the business of the band very seriously. Personally and musically as a band we love not having to take ourselves so seriously, unlike 98 percent of bands out there. We offer something different to our fans and our audiences. We're never too cool to hang out and we're never the band that's stuck up our own ass.
CP: Is it safe to assume that you guys are no longer doing costumes at shows?
AA: It's never safe to assume such things; you might get hurt. We like to change it up every now and then. I think the bikini idea has been thrown around for the upcoming tour though, and you wish that wasn't true.