Pensacola, Florida
Wednesday January 16th 2019


Rock and Roll Relationships

By Shelby Smithey

Brian Bell, guitarist from Weezer, and Nate Shaw, known for playing with punk band U.S. Bombs, will be playing with their band, The Relationship, at Vinyl Music Hall on May 5.

Originally formed in 2006, The Relationship released their self-titled debut album in 2010. Nearly five years later, The Relationship has brought on bassist Jon LaRue, Stroke’s co-founder Albert Hammond Jr.’s songwriting partner and Anthony Burulcich, drummer for The Bravery. The band just released a 7” on Burger Records and are on a one-month tour with Gringo Star before finalizing their new album.

INWEEKLY: How was The Relationship originally formed? How did you meet Nate Shaw?
BELL: The Relationship was formed out of a mutual musical respect between Nate and myself. Nate and I met at music school. He was wearing a Chameleons UK shirt and I was wearing a Butthole Surfers shirt in the heyday of hair metal bands, so we bonded on our eclectic tastes. We later brought in Jon LaRue on bass and Anthony Burulcich on drums. I was friends with Jon for a few years and I decided that it’s much more important to play with players that you get along with socially before you embark on a musical journey. The same is true with Anthony, although I didn’t know him as long. I just knew that he was a great drummer.

INWEEKLY: The tour coincides with the release of the single “Oh Allen” and B-side “Young Temptations” on Burger Records. What was the reasoning behind releasing it with them?
BELL: Nate grew up in the Orange County DIY music scene and Burger hails from O.C. and is the epitome of that, so it was a natural fit. “Oh Allen” is a buddy song about two longtime friends who were once inseparable. Allen follows his dreams of being an artist while the friend conforms to societies demands but cheers him on as “one of the faces in the crowd.” The song resonated with Nate and myself because we were actually the character of Allen, or what Allen represented to us, while friends and family, as supportive as they must be, are the ones speaking of us in an “Oh that Nate and Brian…” sort of way.

INWEEKLY: Do you get more of a creative outlet when writing songs for the band? What inspired the classic American rock ’n’ roll feel of the new songs?
BELL: It’s more of a creative outlet than digging ditches that’s for sure. We like the idea of preserving an American art form. How many rock bands can you name from Korea for instance?

INWEEKLY: You are about a week into the tour. How has it been so far and when will the new album be out?
BELL: We just keep getting better with each performance and playing these songs live is a rush for me. I don’t have a hard set date for release, but it’ll be finished as soon as we return in May. We only have one last song to record (but it’s an epic one), “The Garden Song.”

INWEEKLY: Weezer will be playing a few shows this summer right after tour with The Relationship. What is balancing the two like? After playing new material with your band, do you still enjoy playing Weezer classics?
BELL: Being the luckiest person alive it what it’s like. Weezer is the best band on the planet. I could never grow tired of playing those classics or any of the songs we have released.

WHAT: The Relationship with Gringo Star, Dinosaur Daze and Noiseheads
WHEN: 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 5
WHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox
COST: $13-$15