“Dixie” Dave Collins – vocals/bass
Dave “Shep” Shepherd – guitar
Travis “T-Boogie” Owen – drums
Weedeater are of course a band that is almost impossible to ignore, even if one’s interest in sludge metal is only fleeting.
“Weedeater, “Mancoon…Turkey Warlock” (Southern Lord) Director David Brodsky imagines Weedeater’s “Mancoon…Turkey Warlock” as a heavy metal fairy tale that takes a nightmarish turn. The story begins when a smug, well-dressed gentleman and a man in a raccoon mask steal the band members from their couch-slumber. It doesn’t end well for them.
Mancoon… Turkey Warlock – Official Video
To name them a ”defining band” in the development of sludge would only be natural – and since their inception they’ve simply been doing what they do best: their own thing altogether, resulting in a string of fantastic albums, seething with anger, heavy on the swampy blues and always with a prominent and stiff middle-finger.
Weedeater seems also to be something of af life’s project for Dave Collins, predating his time in Buzzov’en.
“Ok so, the last question of this interview is pretty stupid. There are a lot of beards in the sludge/stoner/doom scene and you’re obviously a proud representative of the movement… Why so many beards, Dixie?
Dixie: Bunch of beardos… Because it’s a pain in the ass to shave, for one thing!
So it’s just laziness, then?
Dixie: I mean, it’s not natural. Getting up in the morning and scraping metal against your face every day, it sounds like a pain in the ass to me. Putting on a suit, going to work… Weird stuff, I’ve never figured it out.”
Dixie, interviewed by The Heavy Chronicles in 2014
“David had this birthday party when he was maybe nine or ten. He had a group of boys over, including this little Japanese boy. My mom went to go pick up pizza for them, and when she came back she found they had all shaved their hair into mohawks. So, my mom had to deliver these little boys back to their families with mohawks, including the Japanese boy whose mother did not speak English, so my mom couldn’t even begin to explain to her what happened. [Laughs] My mom just kinda raised her hands up like, “What can you do?” I can’t even imagine what they thought. But that is David Collins right there.”
Connie Jordan – Dixie’s sister – interviewed by Clrvynt, 2016
With their crunching, rolling style they firmly see to you it, that you are being ground right into dust in the process of listening. Raw vocals, slow grinding riffs and a huge amount of fuzz complete the obliteration. And even when they go into semi-acoustic blues mode the weight they place on your shoulders secures your status as one of the downtrodden.
That being said, there is still plenty of curveballs and nooks and crannies on their albums to keep the more adventurous happy and satisfied.
Exclusive interview to with the much beloved band: Weedeater by the Guantlets’ Brian Biggerstaff.
Interview by The Gauntlett, September 2017
And the wry humor that seems so apt for exactly this sort of uncompromising sludge is to be found aplenty. Well done, and at times so tongue in cheek that you find it hard to exactly tell where humor stops and serious begins (as in those fantastic lyrics for Goliathan opener Processional
”I really hate your face. I hate the things you do. I know you don’t like me. I’m coming after you.”
Weedeater will be playing their awesome album God Luck And Good Speed in full on Thursday 19 April at the 013 venue
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Full liveset from Saint Vitus Bar, NYC, May 2016
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|And Justice For Y'All||Album (2000)|
|Sixteen Tons||Album (2002)|
|God Luck And Good Speed||Album (2007)|
|Jason... The Dragon||Album (2011)|
|Scion AV Presents||split single w. Pins Of Light (2014)|