Carissa's Wierd

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Carissa's Wierd
Mat Brooke of Grand Archives with Jenn Ghetto.jpg
Mat Brooke and Jenn Champion playing with Grand Archives in London on February 5, 2010.
Background information
OriginSeattle, Washington, United States
GenresIndie rock, sadcore, chamber pop
Years active1995–2003, 2011
Sad Robot
Associated actsBand of Horses
Grand Archives
Past membersMat Brooke
Jenn Champion
Sarah Standard
Sera Cahoone
Jeff Hellis
Robin Peringer
Ben Bridwell

Carissa's Wierd was an indie rock band from Seattle that formed in 1995 and disbanded in late 2003. Their sound has been described as "chamber rock".[1] The band deliberately misspelled the word "Weird" in their name.[1] Their vocals, provided by Mat Brooke and Jenn Champion, formerly Jenn Ghetto, were always very quiet and often could not be clearly heard over the instrumentation.[2]


The band played their final shows at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle in November 2003.[3]

Following the band's breakup, Jenn Champion and Sera Cahoone started solo projects, Champion's under the name "S." Mat Brooke and Ben Bridwell formed Band of Horses, which Brooke later left to form the band Grand Archives.

On July 13, 2010, Hardly Art released a "best of" compilation titled They'll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003.[4] The release was preceded by a one-off reunion show on July 9, 2010 at Seattle's Showbox at the Market, which featured Brooke, Champion, Cahoone, Robin Peringer, Sarah Standard and Jeff Hellis.[5]

In July 2010, Brooke revealed that he and Champion had recently bought back all rights to Carissa's Wierd's back catalogue, which was previously owned by Sad Robot Records. He said, "Me and Jenn have been working for a while to buy back the rights to all of our records and we finally were able to get them all back." This should allow all of Carissa's Wierd's albums to be re-released soon.[6]

In July 2011, Mat Brooke told The Air-Raid Podcast, in an episode entitled "History Repeats Itself With Grand Archives," that another reunion show was scheduled at Neumos in Seattle on September 24. Brooke said that the band may play the Ugly But Honest album in its entirety, with the original band line-up.[7] In August 2011, a new single, "Tucson" was released[8] and that was followed, on October 10, by another concert at New York University.




Compilation albums featuring tracks by the band[edit]

  • Home Alive Compilation, Volume 2: Flying Side Kick - Broken Rekids (2001)
  • Keepsake, Volume 1 - Keep Recordings (2004)


  1. ^ a b 50 Most Influential Musicians Archived 2010-09-02 at the Wayback Machine Seattle Metropolitan - June 18, 2010
  2. ^ Erin Franzman, "Carissa's Weird" (sic) The Stranger - From the Dec 9 – Dec 15, 1999 issue.
  3. ^ "My Love Affair with Carissa's Wierd" Archived July 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Three Imaginary Girls - November 16, 2003
  4. ^ Rebecca Raber, "Review: Carissa's Wierd - They'll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996 - 2003" Pitchfork Media - July 14, 2010
  5. ^ Jonathan Zwickel, "Carissa's Wierd Play One-Off Reunion Show" Spin - July 12, 2010.
  6. ^ Zach Stoloff, "Sleepless in Seattle" Archived 2010-07-17 at the Wayback Machine Good Times - July 13, 2010
  7. ^ "HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF WITH GRAND ARCHIVES"[permanent dead link] The Air Raid Podcast (#56, July 2011)
  8. ^ Young, Alex "Check Out: Carissa’s Wierd – Meredith & Iris" Consequence of Sound - August 4, 2011

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