It seems Screeching Weasel have reformed for a third time, this time without co-founder and only continuous member besides Ben Weasel, John Jughead...
[quote:50c518ebb2]In March 2009, Ben Weasel announced on his blog that he had reformed Screeching Weasel. For the first time, the band features a lineup without John Jughead, although longtime member Dan Vapid has rejoined. Ben wrote:
"I really want to give you the lowdown on the SW re-formation but there's honestly not a lot to say. Legal issues prevented me from doing my own band on my own terms over the past couple of years but thankfully those problems are all resolved now. The kind of stuff happens sometimes. I won't deny that those problems - which were really just the culmination of many years of a lot of other b.s. - left a foul taste in my mouth about SW. But now that all the headaches are behind me I'm feeling great about it. I'm finally running my own band again and I'm really happy and excited to be back at it. I've got a killer line-up comprised of myself, Danny Vapid, Simon Lamb (the Ritalins), Justin Perkins (Yesterday's Kids) and Adam Cargin (Blueheels) (he's also the new Riverdales drummer) and we've got a great set list."
In reponse to the resurrection of the Screeching Weasel name without his involvment, Jughead released the following statement via his MySpace page:
If it weren’t for the fact that I actually enjoy conversing with the fans of my prior bands, I would never have found out about a new band called Screeching Weasel beginning to tour. “This can’t be the band I was in.” I say to myself. “I would have been preparing.” My mind would much prefer going to a place of calm contemplation than into a dark cold room filled with anger and the emotions associated with betrayal. So to avoid painful emoting I first took the facts that Ben and I started a band together called Screeching Weasel, we both spent all our days making that band a home for ourselves, and 18 years later we put it to rest. This along with the statement made by both me and Ben on many occasions that the band wouldn’t be Screeching Weasel without either of us, makes me assume that this band playing isn’t Screeching Weasel, because I don’t recall having kicked myself out of the band. So it seems logical that this is not Screeching Weasel. If it were I would have to admit that I longer [sic] have friends named Ben Foster or Dan Schafer. As for people like Ben Weasel, Dan Vapid, or even John Jughead, I have nothing to say, because they never really existed, they were just made up names for a bunch of friends that tried to do something different in order to survive and make a living in this world. And I imagine they are all still trying to make a living somehow, seeing that their band’s prominent “leader” never wanted to tour in order to make it financially viable to continue on.[/quote:50c518ebb2]
You know, being a huge fucking Screeching Weasel fan, i'm just not as excited about this as you'd expect me to be.
In the past year or two he's released his solo album, reformed and recorded a new Riverdales Album and is now playing a few gigs as Screeching Weasel. It all just seems a bit much and i'm not sure he's quite settled on what he's doing.
Maybe he's just writing a fuck load of songs and knows they'd sound best either as his solo project, Riverdales or SW tho.
Would have been happier if Jughead was involved I guess. I'm more excited about the new Teenage Bottlerocket album.
Quite right Simmsy, not convinced this is as good a thing as it could be, the solo albums leave a lot to be desired, Riverdales are just alright and without Jughead this is not the Screeching Weasel I know and love. Of course I will buy the new album and I would still like to see this line up live...
Jughead must be feeling a bit crap over the past events of the decade... first Weasel breaking up because Ben "didn't want to tour", only to see him forming the Riverdales (with the entire Weasel line up at the time, [i:a9658fef39]sans[/i:a9658fef39] Jughead) and buggering off on tour with Green Day. Now this. I bet Jughead is sullenly weeping into his Weasels in a Box footnotes and his imaginary royalties, courtesy of Larry Livermore. Ah well!