Weedeater is a Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal band from Wilmington, North Carolina, United States, formed in 1998. Featuring Dave "Dixie" Collins (ex-Buzzov•en, Bongzilla, Sourvein) on bass/vocals, Shep on guitar, and keko on drums, Weedeater has released four albums to date. In 2001 they released their debut, ...And Justice For Y'all, and in 2002 they released the follow-up, Sixteen Tons, produced by the legendary Billy Anderson. In 2007, the band was signed by Southern Lord to release their third album, God Luck And Good Speed, which was produced by Steve Albini. Jason… The Dragon was released in 2011.
Under the influence of weed, booze, and cough syrup, Weedeater's live performances never disappoint. Spite and deep resentment somehow fuse with comedy and maximum volume to produce an indignant and vomitous (both figuratively and sometimes literally) riot of Metal.
Just when you thought Southern rock was said and done, along comes Beitthemeans, swaggering out from a dark shed somewhere deep in the pines of Sylacauga, Alabama. The name is fitting for a power trio that is all about boot straps, whether it's pulling them up or using them to beat their way out of a smoldering genre that could benefit from a whipping or two. With swelling riffs, bluesy throwbacks
and a lead singer with a screech that must be part owl, BITM certainly cracks the whip on Southern rock.
Bassist Casey Wilson, drummer Nathan Kelley and singer/guitarist Josh Jones partnered with Birmingham's Ol Elegante studios and producer Lester Nuby for the band's latest effort, Head Held High.
It's a natural pairing, considering Nuby's roots in alternative Southern rock. He currently plays in a Birmingham-based band called Vulture Whale, was a founding member of the band Verbena and has worked extensively with folks like Amy Ray and Dave Grohl.
"They're Southern rock, no doubt, but with a hint of the occult," Nuby says. "And, lyrically it's completely truthful…singing songs about salvation and sin, about getting by in crazy, small-town Alabama."
It doesn't hurt either, that Jones' startling scream is a full-on invocation to the dirty ghosts of rock and roll's past, present and future. The band challenges all that has been and is to come of Southern rock and roll, making Head Held High a revival of sorts. Instead of resting on the laurels of the music royalty they admire: Son House, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, Soundgarden, Nirvana, BITM left inspiration at the shed door and emerged on their own time, only after capturing a hell-bent sound they could claim as their own. And that's what rebel punks should do.