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Band/Artist Name: Cartoon Weapons
Recommended if you like: The Mars Volta
Story behind your band/artist name:
--Developing a band name is the worst. I mean throwing ideas out there is fun for awhile, but eventually you realize this is going to be the word or phrase that defines you for virgin listeners for a lifetime, and that can be a truly terrifying thought. We had basically given up and said, "the band name will find us." Cut to a few weeks later, and we were all playing together (in different acts) at a WV music festival. Hanging out by a creek, Garrett Gleason just said "Cartoon Weapons" out of nowhere, in the middle of a stream of ideas. I'll be damned if it didn't perfectly encapsulate the bonkers intensity and calculated perfection that we strive for with our sound. Hell, I'm jealous that I didn't come up with it. Kudos, Garrett!
--Garrett Gleason (Guitar, Loops, Vox), Zack Be (Bass, Keyboards, Samples, Vox), and William Wadsworth (Drums, Percussion)
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC :
--We consider ourselves a DC area band, however, we all live just outside the limits in Wheaton/Silver Spring, MD. Crucially, this gives us in-home practice space AND we can host DIY concerts regularly.
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:
--1) Zack and Garrett are housemates at a spot called Baxter BLDG, which Zack promotes as a DIY space for live music, booking roughly 2 - 3 shows a month. MANY local DC bands and many touring bands from around the country (and even a few from overseas) have come through to perform at the illustrious Baxter BLDG (which is, in fact, a detached garage behind the actual house).
--2) We record all of our own records in-house! This is crucial because it helps us grow as both musicians AND musical technicians. We are currently working on our new EP, but aside from that, Zack has branched out to producing albums for other local DC artists and Garrett is doing session work for many different area artists.
--3) This entire band was founded on improv. William and Garrett both have deep jazz backgrounds - including degrees to that effect - and the band originally formed as a series of loose jams between like-minded musicians. Although we now focus predominantly on dense, complex, and catchy songwriting, we still have several tunes in our repertoire that are note-for-note reconstructions of improv jams that we happened to get recorded in the practice space. Part of the fun for a live audience is trying to figure out which songs fit that pedigree, and when we are or aren't improvising!
--4) One of our members always wears a jumpsuit. Ask about it, and he'll give you an earful.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share:
--We've played a lot of great shows as Cartoon Weapons, opening for or playing alongside of, amazing acts such as: ttng, LITE, Giraffes? Giraffes!, Star Death and the White Dwarfs, Bent Knee, Invalids, Drop Electric, and many of our awesome DC friends!!
--We are working on a new EP for release in 2017!
--Beyond that, this year Zack is launching a solo project with his debut EP, and Garrett is releasing an LP for his side project "Gentle Men"! It's going to be an awesome year!
Official Website URL: https://cartoonweapons.bandcamp.com/
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/cartoonweapons/
Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/artist/7ydSq8C0nohxmOVrwRwKAL
Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/CartoonWeapons
Instagram Link: http://www.pictaram.com/user/cartoonweapons/1412283472
Main Genre: Hard Rock
Other Genres: Math Rock, Progressive Rock, Experimental, Jazz, Fusion