Manchester-based indie rockers Weimar present their latest audio-visual offering for ‘The Girls of LA’, their new single released via German Shepherd Records. Long-term Weimar collaborator Nikos Pavlou directed the accompanying video, which stars rising actress and model Ashley Marsh.
This single foreshadows the band’s debut album “Dancing On a Volcano’. Produced by Adam Crossley and Chris Guest of Vibratone Sound Studio, the cover art for this single was created by acclaimed artist and writer Brian Gorman.
Weimar (pronounced Vy-marr) is a four-piece made up of bassist John Armstrong (The Speed Of Sound), vocalist/ guitarist Aidan Cross (The Bacillus, Black Light Mutants), drummer Anthony ‘Eddy’ Edwards (The Deceased) and guitarist Stephen Sarsen (Frank Is Dead, Playground).
Stylistically fluid and expansive, ‘The Girls of LA’ is an upbeat pop-rock anthem that melds Weimar’s 70s avant-garde influences with traces of 90s college rock. Lyrically it is an ode to the bottle service girls, who work LA’s clubs and bars, using tips gained from punters to finance their wider career aspirations in Hollywood and the business world. It is a celebration of their business prestige, and a positive reflection on the essence of the American Dream and the road to stardom. An optimistic and life-affirming oddity in the midst of Weimar’s mostly dark repertoire.
B-side ‘Transatlantic Confusion’ is a reworking of a song by singer Aidan Cross and guitarist Stephen Sarsen’s former band The Bacillus (the original version available on The Bacillus album ‘I Can’t Adapt To This Prison You Call Society’).
Since forming in 2016 and hitting the live circuit in 2017, Louder Than War named Weimar amongst its 50 Bands To Watch for 2019, the year they debuted the single ‘John Doe / Curse the Songs’, followed by ‘Marvel To The State / Undesirable Master’. Having worked with legendary post-punk producer Simon ‘Ding’ Archer, they’ve also played support slots with Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets) and goth legends Skeletal Family.
The eclectic progressive art-rock quartet’s output encompasses a range of styles from post-punk roots to no wave, cabaret, chanson, jazz, funk, psychedelia, alternative folk and gothic rock, coming together in a distinctive fusion.
‘The Girls of LA’ is now available everywhere digitally, including Spotify and Apple Music, as well as through German Shepherd Records directly and the artist’s Bandcamp. The full ”Dancing On A Volcano’ LP, set to release on June 24th, will be available digitally and also on CD. It can already be ordered via Weimar’s own Marlene’s Hat imprint.