Reminds one of the no wave [post-pre-wave], avant punk bands from Subterranean records like Factrix, Minimal Man, Nervous Gender. I love the minimal drumming, quirky keyboard rhythms, bursts of noisy guitar, cool song construction, rhythmic punchy vocals... manic lines with crazy Pere Ubu-ish whelping....this band is r.e.commended.
R.K. Shuq – www.reversibleeye.com
The Weegs make buoyant, abrasive rock with weirdly bouncy keyboards, plenty of distorted guitar and antsy vocals. What's not to love?
Kimberly Chun – San Francisco Bay Guardian
A newer outfit that sounds like they've learned the lessons taken from various obscure 80s post-punk/no-wave [pre-natal post prog] without sounding like they're trying to jump a particular train. Be interesting to see what they can do on a full lengther.
Shredding Paper, September 2003
Inside the Voodoo, where the stage has been totally revamped since the last time I saw a show there, which was admittedly over a year ago, a frisky quartet called the Weegs had commandeered the room, unleashing an overpowering nebula of new wave-y [cyber-uber-post-pants-pre-funk] rock with off-kilter disco beats.
Beth Lisick – www.sfgate.com
At a dance party held by the Weegs, the movements are jerky, spastic, and wild. The Bay Area four-piece's minimalist no-wave dissonance is topped off by rhythmic but off-kilter synth and eerie and anxious vocals that apparently can incite a man dressed in a gorilla suit to attack audience and band members (as witnessed at the Weegs' Oakland French Fry Factory show). There's something definitely uncomfortable about this band, but in a way that makes you want to stick around and find out more. And hopefully the Weegs' ultrahot hula-hoop dancer will make an appearance.
Sarah Han, Bay Guardian, July 2004
by Sherry Sly – West Coast Performer Magazine
The Weegs are a Bay Area four piece band whose first album, Meet the Weegs is out now on Hungryeye Records. The release contains eleven great staccato, driving songs that bring to mind late '70s/early '80s art-punk rock. Greg Weeg plays the bass , vocals and keys and some guitar. Leva Weeg drums and plays keyboards on one song. David Weeg, in his own words, "wails on the geetar." Mia Weeg play keyboards, bass and drums and had a pinched nerve in her neck at interview time.
The band concurs with this description of their sound. "I've always been inspired by Tuxedo Moon and the Screamers. The art punk stuff was really happening here in San Francisco during that period, "says Greg.
"For me inspiration from that period would be Wire and the Alley Cats," adds Leva.
"I just wail on the geetar," says Dave when quizzed as to his influences.
The Weegs formed in 2001, when David Greg and Mia were playing together and needed a drummer. Leva joined after playing in an all girl band called the Shattered.
The band's process is a collaborative one. But when it comes time to dirty decision making, "I tend to be the fascist in the band," admits Greg, "but Dave keeps me in check." Dave snaps to attention, "no I don't, I just wail on the geetar." Some of the band's creativity hinges on the good-natured contentious relationship between Leva and Greg. It's a rare kind of entertaining conflict to witness, such as their argument over the topic of the song "Wouldn't Last A Weeg." "It came from if Greg and I were to date we wouldn't last a week," explains Leva.
"No it's not! I sing the lyrics, it's about a clown that isn't any good. It's about a sucky clown!" Greg is aghast
"I'm talking about the title," retorts Leva.
"Oh, the title maybe"
The band's name came from a typo during a computer game. Leva and Greg, who've been friends for twelve years, were hanging out at a bar and she meant to write Leva "Vegas" when she got high score, but instead it came out "Weegs." The band wasn't totally in love with the name but then, as Greg says, "things started to happen. We'd play a show and people would scream out 'WEEGS!' and we really liked the way it sounded
Putting on an entertaining live show is a priority for the band, who are literally all over the place. "Well, we have a hula hooper and a gorilla that comes with us sometimes. For me, I like to break down some barriers between the audience and the performers. David and I have really long chords so we can run around. I like to try and get the audience involved. I don't know if the same goes for David, but at one point we did this tour and we went to Olympia and there was one person, our friend Daniel. The process of playing live to no one is really liberating in a way. That was the first time we said 'let's fuck around with this live thing.' We put Leva in the middle of the floor and the rest of us played in different corners of the room to see what would happen. For me, at that point, playing live exploded. Since then we really play with using the performance space."
As for whether the band prefers playing live or recording Greg and Leva prefer the former. "I like having our stuff recorded," says Leva. "But recording's stressful for me, wearing headphones with music coming in one ear and trying to drum."
And as for Dave? "[Recording's] not [stressful] for me, I just wail on the geetar."