Read the gospel of Thor: “The legend of the un-caped crusaders known to normal folks as The Beets, is vast, big, mythical, and no matter how over the top and fantastical it may seem is undoubtedly true.
Legends in the DIY garage-psych circuit for their minimalist tales churned out in usually under 2 and a 1/2 minutes psych pop gems with nothing more than a minimalist drum kit, acoustic guitar and prodding bass. Led by front man Juan Wauters who’s knack for Lou Reed-esque story telling has brought the band from humble beginnings in Jamaican Queens, NY to the shelf of every serious record collector specializing in garage.
It was my first time in New York, sent by KWVA to the College Music Journal festival that takes place all over the city. The Beets played before Jacuzzi Boys at the Hardly Art showcase at Death By Audio, a venue fabled for its musty smell, leather jackets, graffiti’d walls, and an outside entrance so bland anyone who isn’t familiar with the venue walks past it at least 3 times before stepping inside to the warehouse. The Beets were simply mesmerizing, they barreled through a twenty-five minute set at a pace that seemed rushed and lackadaisical at the same time. The Beets make their own music, in their own style, at their own pace and from the album artwork they hand draw themselves to the plodding rhythmic acoustic guitars, we couldn’t be happier to have them at Betterfest!”
The Beets (of Queens, NY) are “the musician’s band, the artist’s band, the band of bands.” The Beets are smart and colorful individuals who treat life as a sing-along and a comic book all at once. The Beets are more than a band: they are a way of life, a gang, a gang from Jackson Heights, a gang that you want to be a part of. All of the Beets elements: jangly acoustic guitar; simply captured, sing-along lyrics about being yourself, being free, not fitting in, and an undercurrent of restless energy. The Beets love the Ramones. The Beets love MAD magazine. The Beets love Queens and Keds. Now is the time for you to love the Beets.
Students at the University of Oregon are in the final stages of planning a week-long music festival. They’re calling it Betterfest. The alternative music festival will feature a variety of concerts and parties. It’ll take place May 13th-18th.
We’re going to tell you about WEED, who you can catch opening for The Helio Sequence May 18th at WOW Hall.
Here’s Thor: “My love of the musical project known as Weed from Vancouver, BC started in my first weeks as a DJ at KWVA. They played to an almost empty room inside the fishbowl of the EMU. A few years ago it was Will Anderson’s solo project enacted live by a fuzzed out guitar, drum machines and a bass player touring down the I-5 in a mini-van. Years later Will has grown the project into a full creative 4 piece work-horse of a band and is gathering buzz on DIY touring circuits for their inventive fuzzed out riffs and infectious melodies. There is something sinister in design to Weed’s pop music which owes just as much to Weezer as it does Dinosaur Jr, the guitars in Weed are some of the biggest around right now, but the tasteful creativity of the chaos always paves a way for melodies infused with lyrical heartbreak and longing.
With a proper full length debut due out soon, we couldn’t be happier to have Weed destroy Betterfest in what will be their American festival debut!
GET FUZZED “
Weed is a four-piece sludge pop band from Vancouver BC. They have self-released two 7” EPs over the last year on their own Cruising USA label. A new LP, Deserve, is forthcoming. Influences include Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr and early Weezer.