Baton Rouge rockers MERIWETHER announced the digital release date of their new album, Plug In The Snakes for March 22, 2010. The band will begin celebrating its new release with three high profile shows in Austin , TX at SXSW on March 19 and 20.
Anyone attending SXSW should make the effort to catch the band’s blistering live set at one of the following performances: March 19 at the All Together Now Showcase at Bayou Lounge at 11:20PM (18+); March 19 at the Texas Rockfest (outdoors on the corner of 7th and Neches) at 1AM (all ages); and March 20 at the MusicGorilla.com Showcase at Treasure Island at 12AM (21+)
With over 4 million new media plays, the band is already a premier headlining act in the Southeast consistently selling out top draw venues such as the New Orleans House of Blues, and the Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge . After finding much success selling more than 15,000 copies of its GVE Records debut Make Your Move, MERIWETHER is amping up for the worldwide release of its new album, Plug in the Snakes.
The band took a minor detour after the release of its debut as its sophomore effort Sons of Our Fathers (produced by Howard Benson) was shelved after signing a major label deal with Suretone/Interscope Records. Severing those ties, MERIWETHER has gone back to its roots and is as fierce and hungry as ever. Plug in the Snakes was recorded and self-produced with the help of local prodigy Brian Beyt and also features guest appearances from several popular artists from the region.
“Plug in the Snakes is pretty fast-paced and full of energy,” singer/guitarist Drew Reilley explained to LSU’s Tiger Weekly.
“We went out-of-the-box for the recordings and tried to have a lot of fun experimenting with different instruments,” Reilley offers. “It’s much more aggressive than our past recordings. I think our frustration with the situation we’ve been in with the industry over the last few years has definitely contributed to this.”
For MERIWETHER (singer/guitarist Drew Reilley; guitarist Steve Bergeron, bassist Josh Barbier, guitarist/keyboardist Skip Angelle and drummer Sam Anderson) it’s all about wearing your heart on your sleeve. “I try to be as straightforward as I can,” Reilley confesses. “I think honesty is one of the biggest keys: let’s get to the point and have people connect immediately.”
Warped Tour veterans, MERIWETHER has also opened for everyone from The Starting Line and Armor For Sleep to Puddle of Mudd and Staind. “We’re definitely a live band,” Reilley points out. “It’s the rawest form of a band: it’s just us with all our guards down and guns blaring. We love to play and I love to be on tour. It’s almost sick how much I like to be on the road.”
Catch MERIWETHER on tour:
Mar 5 Hattiesburg , MS – SALUTE THE TROOPS @ Camp Shelby
Mar 12 Jackson, MS – HAL & MAL’S 18+
Mar 13 Houma , LA – CITY CLUB 18+
Mar 17 Lafayette, LA – NITETOWN 18+
Mar 19 Austin , TX – All Together Now Showcase @ Bayou Lounge 18+ 11:20pm
Mar 19 Austin, TX – TX Rockfest *ALL-AGES* (Corner of 7th & Neches ) 1am
Mar 20 Austin, TX – MusicGorilla. com Showcase @ Treasure Island 21+ 12am set
Mar 26 Plaquemine, LA – MIKES 18+
Apr 2 Lake Charles , LA – AJ’S 18+
Apr 7 Chicago , IL – ANGELS & KINGS 21+ FREE SHOW!
Apr 15 Ruston , LA – RABB’S 18+
Apr 16 Shreveport , LA – WAREHOUSE 18+
Apr 17 Monroe , LA – CODA 18+
May 14 Thibodaux , LA – LAST CALL 18+ w/ 6 Pack Deep