Weimar is a Manchester-based band consisting of singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist Aidan Cross (The Bacillus, Black Light Mutants), lead guitarist Stephen Sarsen (Frank Is Dead, The Bacillus, Playground), 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 its original incarnation, featuring Johann Kloos (The Sandells, Erick) on guitar, in late 2016.
After gaining a loyal following on the live circuit during 2017-18, Weimar released their debut single, the double A-side “John Doe/Curse the Songs” – produced by Simon ‘Ding’ Archer (Pixies, The Fall, PJ Harvey) – in February 2019, to widespread critical acclaim and a near-sold out launch gig at The Eagle, Salford. They then began work on the recording of their debut album at Vibratone Studios, Manchester. In September 2019, Johann Kloos left the band and was replaced on lead guitar by Stephen Sarsen. The band’s second single, “Marvel To The State/Undesirable Master”, a collaboration with Rose Niland (Rose & the Diamond Hand, Poppycock) was released on 22nd November 2019, again to positive critical acclaim.
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.
Originally intended for a summer 2020 release, Weimar’s album recording was delayed due to the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. The album was finally completed in the later stages of 2020 and is currently being mixed and mastered, aiming for a release in early 2021.