When spoken-word duo the Weeds came back from their second hiatus, they had a completely different mentality from before their first two stints, and more than a decade, as a band.
Adam Matza had always been the vocals in the group, growing up writing poetry in high school and later reading his work at a nightclub. The effect his poetry had on the crowd felt right, he says: "The whole performance aspect happened by accident."
Matza morphed his poetry into music with his first band, the Baboons. That was before he started his current act, titled after the last line in a book of poetry he wrote also called Weeds. When the band got back together last fall for the first time since 2003, the guys wanted to see where they were musically. Matza realized he didn't want to continue with poetry and the "angry element" it once had, and drummer Jim Seidel didn't want to play acoustic drums anymore.More »