Hear & Now
BACK FROM THE DEADSY If nepotism counts for anything, Elijah Blue Allman should have had a free pass to the big time. The son of Cher and Gregg Allman fronts Goth-metal band Deadsy, which signed to Sire/Elektra seven years ago and recorded a self-titled album. But it never came out. The initial 1997 release was scuttled when Sire split with Elektra. Two years later, a slightly rejiggered version (retitled Commencement) was almost put out by Sire/Warner Bros., but Warner decided at the last minute not to release it. It’s been in limbo ever since. ”I didn’t really give a s — – every time the record didn’t come out,” says Allman. ”We’re obviously not too impatient. It’s basically the ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ thing, and that’s what we’re trying to build.” Now, finally, it looks like the album will reach stores. DreamWorks has signed the band and promises to put out Commencement (with several new tracks) on May 21. ”I knew it would happen when it was supposed to happen, and now it’s happening,” says Allman. Probably.
MIGHTY MORPHIN’ In other lost-and-found news, erstwhile Weezer bassist Mickey Welsh has turned up in an ace new Boston-based band fronted by former Mighty Mighty Bosstones guitarist Nate Albert. Dubbed the Kickovers, it’s a marked departure from Albert’s former ska-punk outfit. ”I wanted to get back to other stuff I like: Dinosaur Jr., Husker Du, the Replacements, Wilco, X,” says Albert. Their debut album, Osaka, is due out April 23 on Fenway, the new label started by ex-Grand Royal poobah Mark Kates. So what happened with Weezer? Welsh — who disappeared from the band’s lineup last year under mysterious circumstances and hadn’t been heard from since — won’t say too much ”for legal reasons,” but he isn’t pleased. ”I took some time to get some help for something and they basically took off on me, abandoned me,” he says. ”The way it went down was pretty lame. Being in a band with guys that long and being as good friends as we were, having them just kind of split was definitely cold.”