Bob Weston live with Shellac (ATP festival 2007)
|Birth name||Bob Weston|
|Born||1965 (age 53–54)|
Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Musician, producer, recording engineer, record mastering engineer|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, vocals, trumpet|
|Associated acts||Shellac, Volcano Suns, Mission of Burma|
Bob Weston (born 1965) is an American musician, producer, recording engineer, and record mastering engineer. Critic Jason Ankeny declares that "Weston's name and fingerprints are all over the American underground rock of the post-punk era, producing and engineering dates for a seemingly endless number of bands." As a performer, Weston is best known as the bass guitarist in the groups Volcano Suns and Shellac.
Weston was born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts. During the summers of 1985 and 1987, he marched as a bugler with the renowned Garfield Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from Garfield, New Jersey. The corps won the Drum Corps International World Championships in both those years. Weston still plays trumpet, as on the albums The Sea and the Bells by Rachel's (1996) and Things We Lost in the Fire by Low (2001).
In 1988, he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lowell in Lowell, MA. While working at the University's campus radio station, WJUL, he began mixing live performances of Boston-area bands such as Pixies and the Blake Babies.
Weston joined Steve Albini and Todd Trainer in Shellac in 1991. Under Albini, Weston honed his studio production skills and has gone on to record and mix material for bands including Sebadoh, June of 44, Polvo, The Coctails, Archers of Loaf, Chavez, Rachel's, Ken Vandermark, 33.3 and Rodan. Weston was also Albini's Assistant Engineer on Nirvana's In Utero album. According to a 2006 interview, being a musician has helped shape Weston's work recording, mixing and mastering: "It’s obvious to me that the best recording engineers have played in bands. You understand the dynamic better and can almost become an unofficial band member during the session. And it’s pretty easy to tell on what sort of session your musical opinion is wanted or not." However, Weston's recording and mixing work is not limited to music: he occasionally freelances for National Public Radio, often working on comedy quiz show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, which is headquartered in Chicago.
In 2002, Weston joined the reunited Mission of Burma, taking the place of Martin Swope as tape manipulator and live engineer for the band. He appears on and recorded the albums ONoffON, The Obliterati, and The Sound The Speed The Light.
- A detailed gear diagram of Bob Weston's Shellac bass rig is well-documented.
- Ankeny, Jason. "Bob Weston: Overview" from Allmusic.com
- "Engineers," from Chicago Mastering Service
- "Bob Weston: Credits," from Allmusic.com
- Mitts, Eric. "Bob Weston of Shellac Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine", 2006
- DeRogatis, Jim. 2005. "Weston remains one of the most in-demand bass players."
- Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me: This Week's Show June 29, 2002[permanent dead link]"
- Cooper, Adam (2000). "Bob Weston's 2000 Shellac Bass Rig". GuitarGeek.Com.