This week, we sat down with Joey Rosenberg, and his partner in crime, Amy, to get an in-depth look at his latest project Weirdface.
For those not familiar with the band, get on it. The dark techno-esque stylings of Rosenberg and are a far cry from the norms of the music industry today. It's absolutely refreshing, cool, and one to watch out for in 2014. These guys are sky rocketing straight to the top, which is why we took the opportunity to talk about who the band is, what they stand for, and where they expect their humble origins are going to take them in their coming years.
Examiner: Who is Weirdface?
Rosenberg: It started right after I left my old band Could It Kill (CIK), and had a bunch of different names before we settled on Weirdface. I did a few shows by myself just to see if I could, I never really believed in myself as a singer, but now we have Amy here on bass, and things are going pretty well.
Amy: He is a really great singer. I mean, when I first heard his voice on the recording I was blown away. It sounds nothing like he does when he’s just talking.
Examiner: Which is weird because you never sang in Could It Kill. It’s a real shame.
Rosenberg: After CIK was over, I tried everything to stay in the music scene's spotlight. I tried to make a trip to California, and all these things, and it just kept falling apart. If you were to go back then, when I was in CIK, and tell me that all this stuff is happening now, I wouldn't believe you for a second.
Amy: Everything happens for a reason.
Examiner: So, how’d you two meet? There’s got to be a great story there.
Rosenberg: We actually met when we were at school, at Bergen last year in 2012. I was talking to this girl, and I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I just wasn’t interested, and then Amy here dipped out of one of her classes, so my choices were: tell this girl I’m not interested, or go talk to a complete stranger. I didn’t want to really do either, but I went for Amy, and I was just like, “I know you from somewhere!”
Amy: And I was like, do you? I was so confused.
Rosenberg: I was trying to drop hints, like tell her with my eyes to just play along and she was not getting it at all.
Amy: Yeah, eventually I was like, maybe I do know you from somewhere, but I don’t remember.
Rosenberg: We got to talking, and pretty soon we got into it about music, and I found out she played bass, and I had been trying to get this thing started for a while, so it all just sort’ve came together. She’s been my bassist ever since.
Examiner: And the chemistry between you two is incredible. I mean, even just sitting here you can tell just how connected you two are. That sort of things is really hard to find in a group, and it makes for one hell of an ensemble when you do.
Rosenberg: It really is. And then we have our drummer who’s mad chill as well, so Weirdface right now is about as strong as it’s ever been. Only getting better.
Examiner: On the subject of recordings…
Rosenberg: We have a lot of studio work that’s been made and we’re holding onto right now. Nothing’s really been released because I’m not 100% happy with it.
Examiner: Any chance we’ll get to see an EP soon though?
Rosenberg: Definitely! We’re actually working on one right now. We’ve got four definite songs that we’re gonna use for it, it’s gonna be called “Rarely Sad, Rarely Sober.”
Examiner: That’s a good variation from the usual one word debut titles like “Sorrow” and “Despair.” I’m stoked though, and I’m sure your fans are as well.
Rosenberg: We definitely have the best fans in the world, in regards to who’s following us. There were times I’d walk into Garden State Plaza, and people would just point to me and go “Weirdface!” It’s the coolest feeling in the world getting recognized like that.
Examiner: You’ve got one coming up on October 20th, right?
Oh yeah. We’re gonna be there with some good friends of mine and a really great band Venus The Ocean, and Rachel Miller.
Examiner: Well, it really sounds like it's going to be a pretty good night, we'll see you there.
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