Published Oct 29, 2007Ween mature?! Did you ever think youd see those words together? The boys in Ween have emerged from yet another mouldy Pennsylvania farmhouse, recording in hand, and as strange as this sounds, its a little more mature. This is still Ween were talking about here so lets not get too crazy, but theyve actually grown up a bit. Its been four long years since Ween released Quebec, while disciples of Boognish have had bits and bobs to tide them over this is the first studio record in forever. And its a departure from the downer vibe on Quebec and White Pepper, continuing the upbeat party theme of this years The Friends EP. While "Friends is still glorious in its bubblegum dance floor exuberance, the version on La Cucaracha is unfortunately not the Crazy Frog version from the EP. As always, they bounce from genre to genre, be it reggae or So-Cal pop punk. The last two tracks, "Woman and Man (an epic prog nod to Presence-era Led Zeppelin) and "Your Party (a mellow, adult-oriented track featuring a guest appearance by sax legend David Sanborn), are supposed to be a sneak preview of the future of Ween. And, its looking pretty sunny.
How would you describe the vibe of this record?
Gene Ween: Its more fun; it doesnt take itself seriously. We had a good time making it. Its not as heavy as the last couple. This one is not cool, we straightened out our act a little bit, were totally un-cool now. After Quebec everything came to a head and we went insane, and then we cleaned ourselves up. And now were un-cool.
What have the last couple of years been like for you leading into this record?
Cleaner, mellower; I had another baby. I moved to a beach house a year after Quebec came out and dried out; its been a progressive, good few years. The band are getting older and were all pretty much married. Were getting our thing honed; its no longer a teenage breakdown party. I see the beginning of a block of records. Weve gotten our thing together and Weens going to be riding this plane for a little while.
Whats driving your music now that youre un-cool? We keep it real. We got a lot of hair on our backs; its what drives our music. Those falsetto singer/songwriter Brooklyn kids dont have a lot of hair on their backs but Gene Ween does. And thats what drives our music. Ween fans understand. (Rounder)