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Weird War

If you heard that the Scene Creamers were coming to town, you heard wrong. Sort of. They are coming; they are just coming as Weird War. This band-o'-many-names is reborn from the ashes of Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses, and graces our fair city with their old/new post-glam rock sound. This is one band who definitely defies pigeonholing.

As specifics on the band are oft times scarce, it must be stated in no definitive terms that members of the band probably include Ian Svenonius, Michelle Mae, Alex Minoff and Sebastian Thomson. Weird War plays music reminiscent of T-Rex and somehow still sounds like nothing you've heard before. Confused? That's nothing. Here's a discography: In 2002, Weird War put out a self-titled album. In 2003, Scene Creamers put out a 7" single AK-47 and a full-length album I Suck On That Emotion (which did not include the AK-47 single). In 2004, Weird War put out If You Can't Beat 'Em, Bite 'Em (which did include Scene Creamers' single AK-47). And now in 2005, they are back to Weird War and have blessed us with a new album, Illuminated By The Light, which has a sound as circular as the chronology of band names.

Ultimately it doesn't matter who they might sound like, what bands they played in before and what name they want to be called. Their music can stand alone. But don't let it. Get down to this show and let that music know you care. And, when the next rash of name changes comes along, you can say you knew the band when they were Weird War. Or Scene Creamers. Or Weird War.

Weird War plays with Boothsitter, July 23, Neurolux, $3, 9 p.m.

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