Nerd Bands, Unite!

Weezer seems like a charming but marginal oddity, but not to the gushing Valley participants of Weezerfest 2003

Mark's little brother -- and Stomp on Melvin bassist -- Jeff Williamson apparently caught the childhood Weezer bug more severely than his sibling, and he was in grade school learning to just scratch his head, walk and hum a coherent tune simultaneously at the time.

"The way I see it, they have done more for the music scene than any other artist," says the younger Williamson via e-mail, perhaps overreaching a bit. "I mean, from Dashboard Confessional to the Ataris, it seems like every band has some sort of respect for Weezer. It's just crazy how their songs latch on to certain people, no matter what style of music they enjoy."

At minimum, Mark Williamson hopes that fondness will help translate into the audience he and the other bands have been seeking. Through Social Canteen, he plans to promote similar monthly showcases, though he may go lighter on the cover-band shtick. In January, for example, he'll be staging a smaller-scale acoustic night at the Mesa Women's Center.

"They caught them early": Stomp on Melvin sits among the throng of young Weezer worshipers.
"They caught them early": Stomp on Melvin sits among the throng of young Weezer worshipers.
Weezer will get them out of the house, all right.
Weezer will get them out of the house, all right.

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Scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 20. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 480-966-8200 for more information.
Bash on Ash, 230 West Fifth Street in Tempe

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Less ambitious than his buddy, Davidson says he's just excited to have something to look forward to for a change.

"It's kind of a good way to give exposure to some of us and our fledgling local bands, so we can get out of our houses every now and again and do something," Davidson deadpans.

Sounds a little like one of Weezer's palpable odes to boredom, actually.

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