First Look: Weird Wives Assaulted Propaganda Tuesday, July 13

Weird Wives played fast and fermented Tuesday at Propaganda.
Weird Wives played fast and fermented Tuesday at Propaganda.
Photo by Reed Fischer

With all due respect to the needy internet, this is merely a brief observation of a local band performing in a local setting. Restaurant reviews typically require multiple visits, and so should artists. This installment features West Palm Beach/Miami guys Weird Wives in what local historians believe is the band's first gig outside of a practice space setting.

Weird Wives features a noisy assortment of Surfer Blood members and dynamic frontman Nicholas Klein, who looked like a deranged lumberjack and/or a possessed genius as he stalked the stage during "Dookie Brown Tuesday" on July 13 at Propaganda in Lake Worth. Somewhere along the way, his horn-rimmed glasses disappeared and his gutteral growls turned into high-pitched falsetto over a backdrop of thud-rock crunch.

Although Klein mostly kneeled and occasionally made lewd motions toward

the monitor speakers, he never gave up complete control of the stage. A

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natural frontman presence meant maintaining even when the drum kit gets

mucked up and making jokes about the Rocky Horror Picture Show

and injecting a convincing Bronx cheer. Oh yes, and there was a tight-knit band up

there with Klein. Guitarist Thomas Fekete, bassist Brian Black, and

drummer Marcos Marchesani bombarded through 25 minutes of sludgy

noise. The Only People, featuring drummer-about-town Jordan Pettingill and friends, played an even swifter set of reverb-heavy jams reminiscent of the Modern Lovers and Jon Spencer.

Keep an eye on Weird Wives' new MySpace page, and know that the next time there's a performance announced more than a couple of hours beforehand, we'll post it on County Grind.

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