When I was asked to interview Sheezer I had no fucking clue who they were. Does that make me a terrible music fan? Pretty much. I didn’t listen to Weezer in the 90s, either. You may be wondering what I was listening to in the 90s – the Aladdin soundtrack. Pathetic, I know.
Dana from Sheezer (a Weezer cover band, but like, an actually good cover band) did me a solid and answered a few questions so I could get to know the band more – think a fun speed date minus the actual dating part and well, the awkward table shuffling.
Kara: Let's get this started in the right place, what can our readers do to show support for the band besides getting off the couch and going to the live shows?
Dana: We're exclusively a live band so that is pretty much the way to experience Sheezer. But if you can't make it out to a show, you can buy merch at our online merch store (sheezer.bigcartel.com), like our Youtube videos or like our Facebook page. And just tell people you like us, IRL.
K: I know you've been asked this more times than Kanye's needed to apologize, but why Weezer?
D: We're all fans and the music is really fun to play. The Blue Album and Pinkerton are both nostalgic and timeless (i.e., they hold up 20 years later), which is pretty rare. There are lots of young kids at our shows too, which speaks to the enduring appeal of the band. People really love Weezer. I don't know if you could pick a better band to cover.
K: Do you guys have an ultimate goal for Sheezer? Do you have a top 5 list of what you would love the band to accomplish in the next couple of years?
D: 1. Play the Weezer cruise
2. Play the Weezer cruise
3. Tour the U.S.
4. Tour the U.K.
5. Play the Weezer cruise
K: Can we do some faves? Do you have a favourite fan story? What is your favourite song to play?
D: My favourite moment was the Halloween show with the fan dressed as Hurley. He looked so exactly like Hurley it was scary. We had him come up to do the talking part of "The Sweater Song" and instead of speaking it, he sang it. Not sure why.
K: What city would you love to play in but you haven't yet?
D: There are lots of places we'd love to play, but I guess I'll say L.A., because maybe then some members of Weezer will come see us.
K: This is bit of a selfish question, but would you ever consider touring with other all-girl cover bands?
Sure, why not?
K: What is the best part about being a member of Sheezer?
D: We're all best buds so it's great to spend time together and have fun.
K: What is the most embarrassing record you have in your collection?
D: Most embarrassing CD would probably be some Pearl Jam. I tend to keep my records pretty tightly curated.
K: Besides Weezer covers, do you guys play other covers in your downtime?
D: Sometimes we jam on some Rush tunes but we stay pretty Weezer-focused. Though Robin is in the awesome band Dwayne Gretzky, so she plays covers all the time.
K: And the burning question, can we buy you a drink at the show?
D: We would love that.
Don’t be an asshole – go check out Sheezer at Zaphods on the 23rd.
You can buy tickets HERE.