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A(nother) Weston Reunion

December 21st, 2009

Weston – Mercury Lounge – December 18, 2009

Weston - Mercury Lounge - December 18, 2009
Pennsylvania’s Weston—formed in 1990 and best known for its pop-punk sound that once took it to the cusp of the mainstream—reunited Friday night at Mercury Lounge to celebrate long-time friend Tommy Rockstar’s birthday as well as the release of its live record, This Is My Voice and This Is My Heart: Live at Maxwell’s, recorded at another reunion show last year.

With a plethora of music to choose from, Weston puts on an exciting, and sometimes unexpected, show. Over the years, while the band members and record labels have changed, Weston’s sound has barely wavered. Although pretty much everything that comes out live is nerd-rific: Shaggy-haired Jimmy Snyder, who still wears early-era-Weezer sweater vests, too-short trousers and beat-up Chuck Taylors, and the band’s namesake, the bespectacled Dave Weston, both look equally uncomfortable onstage, though such a presence only lends to the band’s appeal—and from just listening to the upbeat, sometimes self-deprecating songs one would never know.

On Friday, the band played original songs like “Fafi,” “Retarded” and “New Shirt/Heather Lewis” (the last two being staples of Weston’s live performance). Fans were also treated to a rare performance of “Lovely, Fragile February” and a Japanese B-side (that I can’t name). About three-quarters of the way into the set, the band also did a run of Joy Division, Misfits and Pixies covers. Though Weston never reached the same level of fame as some of its peers, the group has been credited as being an integral part of the East Coast’s ’90s pop-punk scene, and time and time again, these reunion shows draw friends and fans excited to relive the experience of a band that has always played fun music. —Kirsten Housel

Photos courtesy of Kirsten Housel