Weird Babies


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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Weird Babies

Recommended if you like: 1/4 cup of the Fall, a dash of Jawbreaker, a pinch of Argument-era Fugazi, a bit of Japandroids

Story behind your band/artist name: We stole it from a children's rhyme. More cannot be told, as parents worldwide would revolt against our appropriating the words and associating them with such harsh, discordant sounds, and rebellious meaning.

Band Members: Alex D, guitar and vox. Josh Freed, bass and vox. Avi Zevin, drums.

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 live, practice, and mostly play east of the park in Washington, DC. Alex is in Pleasant Plains, Josh in Mount Pleasant, Avi in Columbia Heights.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Weird Babiesare a year-old punk trio pulled together by the magnetic force that is DC punk rock. Bassist Josh Freed grew up in Silver Spring and has lived in or around the punk scene since 1984, when the rumors finally hit his middle school that Minor Threat had broken up (one year after the fact). Freed also played the DC post-hardcore band Proximity Fuse in the mid-1990s. Guitarist Alex Dent, a musical anthropologist at GWU, came to DC by way of Chicago where he played alt-country. He was forced by roving gangs of sonic enforcers at the DC-VA border to abandon his twang, purchase a distortion pedal, and study the entire Dischord catalogue for musical re-education before forming his next band. Drummer Zevin grew up in LA and came to DC to work (eventually teaming up professionally with Freed). After an attempt at the square world, and several post-midnight, high-stakes negotiations, he was entered into the band following a rigorous background check and oath of secrecy.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: There is no core philosophy to Weird Babies, musical or otherwise. We are simply a loud, chaotic, political DC punk rock band.

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Main Genre: Punk

Other Genres: punk rock, indie, garage rock, post-punk, dc punk, post-hardcore, no-wave