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Weener

Saturday, December 22, at the Jigsaw, Parma.

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According to MySpace, there are two bands by the name of Weener making music right now. One is a Ween cover band from Seattle. The other Weener is also a tribute band, oddly enough, but it plays Weezer songs. We have no idea what the Weezer tribute sounds like, since it doesn't have any tracks posted on its site. But we do know that "beer, boredom, Weezer" are the group's top three influences. The beer and boredom make sense: Weener comes from Cleveland. The band hasn't been around long, and it's basically a side project for a bunch of local indie punks and metal dudes.

Near the end of 2006, guitarist Matt Fornes of Monster Ridden Tokyo and Downtown Daggers axe-slinger Mike Curtain (who plays bass in Weener) hooked up with six-stringer Justin Haberer of Streets Ahead and drummer Steve Callahan, who's a guitarist for post-grunge lords Signal 30. Got all that? Weener pretty much amounts to a grunge-pop diversion for guys who usually lay down punishing grooves with some serious attitude. They've performed a pair of packed concerts so far, but have yet to incorporate a light show or costumes — the rage of every other hometown tribute band. Fornes, however, plays the harmonica during the climax of Weezer's "My Name Is Jonas" — one of rock's all-time-great album openers. This show is going to kick Santa's ass.

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