Weird War

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Weird War
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Weird War performing at the historic Southgate House in Newport, KY
Background information
Also known asScene Creamers
OriginWashington, D.C.
GenresIndie rock
Years active2001–present
LabelsDrag City
Associated actsNation of Ulysses, The Frumpies, The Make-Up, Golden, Extra Golden, Trans Am
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersIan Svenonius
Michelle Mae
Alex Minoff
Sebastian Thomson
Past membersNeil Hagerty
Jessica Espeleta
Steve McCarty
Blake Brunner

Weird War, briefly known as Scene Creamers, is an indie rock band based out of Washington, D.C.. The current lineup consists of Ian Svenonius on vocals, Michelle Mae on bass guitar, Alex Minoff on guitar, and Sebastian Thomson on drums.[1]

Weird War was initially formed as an umbrella organization in 2001 to encompass disparate anti-authoritarian groups and to "challenge the idiocy of the new epoch." While the current lineup appears on the group's first release I'll Never Forget What's His Name, the group's first full length, self-titled release featured Neil Hagerty (of Royal Trux) and Jessica Espeleta (formerly of Love as Laughter) on guitars, and Steve McCarty (later of Dead Meadow) on drums.[2]

These collaborators soon left to pursue other programs, and the band became known as The Scene Creamers, with Ian Svenonius on vocals, Michelle Mae on bass, Alex Minoff (of Golden) on guitar, and Blake Brunner on drums. In this incarnation, the band released I Suck on that Emotion, through Drag City.

After being threatened with a legal suit for the name Scene Creamers by a French graffiti artist collective of the same name, the band reverted to the name Weird War.[3] Since then its membership has become static, with the addition of Argentine Sebastian Thomson (of the group Trans Am) on drums, and its intent has become more cosmic.


Weird War performing at the historic Southgate House in Newport, KY. Photo by Josh Rhinehart.

Weird War claims that they are "the sole answer to the hype-based careerism, empty formalism and vacuity which has infected what was once a genuinely creative underground rock 'n' roll scene."[3]

Such rhetoric however is not necessarily mirrored by the group's lyrical content. Svenonius told an interviewer "I don't actually like rock and roll lyrics that are political because lyrics are almost irrelevant in rock and roll. What lyrics are is just an incantation, a kind of spell. A political band isn't a band with political lyrics. A political band is a group that's creating a narrative that guides the culture towards, well, towards destroying the ruling class, in whatever way."[4]

In comparison to their own music, Weird War often reference a cookie-cutter aesthetic of other bands and musicians as neo-conservative political forces: "Weird War see the clone nature of the revisionist groups as a direct analogue to the fascism and conformity which defines 21st century America, and their general idiocy an infiltration conspiracy by counter-intelligence forces."[3]

According to Svenonius, Weird War's brief stint as The Scene Creamers was as a result of politically motivated, collective-dream:

Songs like "AK-47" address "the technology gap which faces modern Anti-colonial guerilla [sic] fighters" and that similar songs "could be called a celebration of nationalist resistance movements worldwide which fight Anglo-American imperialism."[3]


Studio albums[edit]

DVD / Video[edit]

7 inch singles[edit]

Distributed by: Drag City Records (DCR No. 256)
Released: September 19, 2003
Other information: Released under the name "Scene Creamers."
Backed with "Luv Wuz..."

Appearances on compilations[edit]

Year Title Track(s) Label Other
2002 Colonel Jeffrey Pumpernickel - A Concept Album

"I'll Never Forget What's His Name"

Off Records
2003 No Disco - Mutant Dance Happening


S.H.A.D.O. Records
2005 Drag City A to Z

"Girls Like That"

Drag City Records
2005 Burn to Shine 01: Washington DC 01.14.2004 (DVD)

Performance of

Trixie DVD Ex-Nation of Ulysses, Make-Up, and Cupid Car Club member James Canty also appears as part of French Toast.
2006 Pancake Mountain (TV)
(Episodes 5 & 6)

Performance of
"Girls Like That"

Monkey Boy Studios Washington, D.C.-based Public-access television cable TV children's show featuring performances by many indie rock bands.

DVD / Video[edit]

Las Historias mas Sexy Mundo! (DVD)
Distributed by: Planaria
Released: 2005
Other information: Satiric short based on mid-70’s European softcore porn films.
Stars Weird War (as Scene Creamers) and other Washington D.C. musicians.[6]


Las Historias mas Sexy Mundo! (comic)
Distributed by: Planaria (Plan No. 23)
Released: 2005
Other information: Pulp comic version of film by the same name.
Satiric comic based on Mexican pulp comics.
Stars Weird War (as Scene Creamers) and other Washington D.C. musicians.[6]


  1. ^ "Mommy, What's a Weird War?" (PDF). Drag City. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-05-27.
  2. ^ Gale, Thomas (2005). "The Make-Up Biography". eNotes. Retrieved 2007-06-13.
  3. ^ a b c d Holliy. "Not Going to Mars". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  4. ^ Laurence, Alexander (2005-08-09). "The portable-infinite: Weird War" (Blog). Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  5. ^ Laurence, Alexander (2003-05). "Scene Creamers Interview". Free Williamsburg No. 37. Retrieved 2007-03-21. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ a b "DCUFF 2005 Program 7". 2005-11-05. Retrieved 2007-03-21.

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