There are very few things I know about San Diego other than that’s where Anchormen is set, it’s where the Padres play and where, I’m assuming, everyone is blonde and treats surfing more like a religion than a hobby. Thankfully Kevin Weiss, drummer from San Diego-based rock band Brothers Weiss, was able to enlighten me about the city and its thriving music scene: “It’s really awesome right now. Classic rock, surf rock, psychedelic, it’s all huge out there. Bands like Get Back Loretta, Barbarian, Transfer, Oh Spirit…I’m sure the Bay Area would dig all those groups.”
Hear that Bay Area? Start Googling. But be sure to Google the Brothers Weiss first because they will be at the Milk Bar tonight, touring behind their debut EP, Conversations. And if you like their brand of rock n’ roll that is heavy on groove and riffs, influenced by everything from classic rock staples like Led Zeppelin to modern-day indie darlings Local Natives, you will, indeed, dig those other San Diego rockers as well.
The band is compromised of brothers Ryan and Kevin Weiss along with longtime friend and bandmate from previous projects Miguel Ramirez. They formed in early 2013, all of them veterans of the local music scene, with the brothers playing on and off together for years. The band’s current incarnation, Kevin said, is the best yet. “It all felt really natural,” he explained, “Once Miguel came aboard, things just kinda fell into place.”
Knowing the contentious histories of so many family-based bands populating rock lore (Oasis, The Allman Brothers, The Kinks, Kings of Leon, etc. — let’s see how many you can name!), I had to ask how much resentment drives their creative process. “We get along fine,” he replied with a laugh, “and any creative disagreements we have can be found in any band, related by blood or not. Plus we always have Miguel to serve as mediator if need be.”