WEEDHAVEN LAUGHING ACADEMY
Weedhaven Laughing Academy (WLA) singer and bassist, Wolfgang Parker, states the band’s two-pronged goal is to serve as a warning to young artists just setting out to make a name for themselves, while inspiring aging veterans to continue following their dreams.
“Our aspirations drive us to create beauty, to inspire, but also drive us to madness—and that’s often in the course of one concert,” singer/bassist Wolfgang Parker says.
Although Parker was best known in the late ‘90s for his hybrid of Punk Rock and Swing Jazz, WLA is a decidedly different endeavor where Parker is not the main attraction. The band’s current release Black Mass is a bit of Halloween fun, paying homage to the music of the band members' youth that inspired the "Satanic Panic" of the 1980s.
Wolfgang is joined by guitarists Anthony Yates and Alan Mauger, who both served with him during his zoot suit era. The new kid being drummer Matt Mees, who has 40+ years playing with acts like Razorbliss, The Godz, George Jones, and Bo Diddley.
“Black Mass is admittedly indulgent,” Parker says of the song. “And it's been an outlier in out set list since we began, but we thought it would be a good song to do with producer Joe Viers, as a sort of test run. I described it to him as "Danzig meets the Cars." We went in not knowing what to expect, and 8 hours later it was finished and we were making plans to work with Joe as soon as we could."
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