Weimar is a Manchester-based band consisting of singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist Aidan Cross (The Bacillus, Black Light Mutants), lead guitarist and keyboardist Johann Kloos (The Sandells, Erick), bassist John Armstrong (The Speed of Sound) and drummer Anthony Edwards (The Deceased). Combining a range of influences and naming themselves Weimar after the German Weimar Republic of the 1920s in which experimental art, music and cabaret saw a boom period, the band debuted on the Manchester live circuit in late 2016.
After a string of live shows, Weimar recorded their debut single, “John Doe/Curse the Songs” in the spring of 2018 with producer Simon ‘Ding’ Archer (The Fall, Pixies, PJ Harvey). The single was released on 1st February 2019 and launched with a highly successful and near-sold out gig at The Eagle in Salford. Following the launch gig Weimar began work on recording their debut album, currently being recorded at Vibratone Studios, Manchester.
Weimar combine an eclectic range of influences, with their songs containing elements of Art Rock, Post-Punk, Cabaret, Chanson, Prog Rock, Funk, Alt Folk, Gothic Rock, Music Hall and Dark Circus. Lyrically they cover themes of the dark side of culture and human nature, drawing on a socio-political awareness as well as historical inspiration. In the spirit of the Weimar Republic itself, the emphasis is on the need for freedom of expression and rebellion in the face of political and social oppression. In the current turbulent political era, which has already sparked talk of ‘Weimar Britain’, this approach has a profound relevance to contemporary culture.
Weimar are currently available for live gigs, whilst working on the recording of their debut album.