City Weezle – Punk, Paris & Singing Tunes

Share this
Share

Band leader Simon Fleury reveals his plans for the future and reflects on what the band has achieved so far.

Simon Fleury is a creative man. Simon Fleury is a well-travelled man. Simon Fleury has a lot of interesting things to say. Simon Fleury. It’s a name you should write down now. But you won’t. After this interview, you will. It’s an interview that transports itself from the streets of Cork to the metropolis of Paris, via the bass guitar and drums of Japan. He is a busker, band leader, and a bright light in the Irish music scene. This ex-bohemian (he lived in France) has released a critically acclaimed album with a band of international musicians. It’s a safe bet that Simon, with his band City Weezle, will get bigger and bigger. And you’ll need that name.

City Weezle & A Place Called Home

Simon hails from Tipperary but he divides his time between his hometown and Cork, the second city in Ireland. Cork is steeped in a grand musical tradition, with guitarist Rory Gallagher finding a home in the imagination of musicians throughout Europe, while bands such as Fred and the Frank & Walters provoke an intense local following. I ask Simon about the Irish music scene. He has mixed things to say. ‘Rural Ireland is dying out’, he tells me. The attributes this, in part, to the economic recession that impacted Irish life, as it has in Europe, over the last few years.  Bars are ‘getting squeezed a bit’ and Simon has seen places where he has done gig close down. He remains hopeful, though, and believes that ‘things change but they never disappear’.

Things were different in Paris. For a start, he wasn’t a professional musician over there, though he did busk, and ‘the music market was quite different’. He adds that ‘rap is massive in France. In Ireland, it’s more rock music while in France, for example, they don’t have a tradition of country music’. Simon sees Germany as being more similar to Ireland, as guitar based music and rock is more common there.

I always wonder if people abroad see themselves as ambassadors for their countries. Simon answers quickly, as he does throughout the interview. I imagine that he is an artist that always has a keen sense of his surroundings. He says that ‘I never saw it as my role to advertise Irish music. I mean, a lot of people in France have heard of Rory Gallagher’. His answer tallies with my experiences too. In Barcelona, rockers and aficionados of guitar riffs celebrate the Corkonian, a man that even Jimmy Hendrix defers to as the greatest guitarist that ever lived.

Another experience that strikes a register is a shared understanding of what being Irish means: ‘being Irish is an advantage when travelling. It opens a lot of doors as people generally react positively to you if you are Irish’.

Though it’s an advantage, this Irishman came home. ‘Ireland, and Cork, is my home. I identify with it because I love the vibe, the scene. I’m quite happy here’. He emphasises the point by concluding, ‘I could never live in a metropolis’ because people are less friendly and personal space is lacking. ‘You can make good music anywhere’, is his belief, but it’s better to do it in a place that makes you happy.

City Weezle & Musical Stylings

‘The best part of music is performing and connecting with an audience’. What is more, Simon finds creating music to be ‘invigorating’. Simon plays covers of songs he likes on the street but he really enjoys putting chords together and producing a song. It all started with listening to bands likes Nirvana when he was younger, and then trying to compose something influenced by those bands.

As the frontman for City Weezle, he has an opportunity to perform, connect, and write. The band started in Paris in 2005. After doing the underground circuit, they released a critically acclaimed album in 2010. Things were about to kick off for the band but their Japanese drummer had to go back to Japan. There were a few line-up changes and the replacements weren’t ‘up to scratch’. In 2012, City Weezle released the Lysergik Tea Party EP. It was released, in part, to send the message that the band would be back. Even though not all the band were in the same place, the EP had the familiar line-up with the Japanese drummer and bass guitarist, Ai and Kengo respectively, Frenchman Sach Yordanoff on guitar, and with Simon on vocals and guitar.

Simon is making plans for the release of a new City Weezle album. He recorded it in a modern studio that was recommended to him by his friend, Steven McGrath. He plays in Crow Black Chicken and the band reached #5 in the Irish charts. He wants to put together ‘interesting gigs’ so the internatonal bandmates can be enticed to Ireland. Simon envisages a future for the band ‘where it pays for itself’ and where they can continue to produce and perform their music.

City Weezle & Where to Find Them

The interview finishes but Simon’s answers have provoked more questions. His rich musical life and plans for the future are impressive and he speaks with a passion that makes the listener want to know more.

If you want to find out more, you can find the band on YouTube, while you can find their EP here. Simon can be seen busking around Cork, particularly on Oliver Plunkett Street. He also does gigs at different venues in Cork and Tipperary. City Weezle are preparing for the release of their new album, so stay tuned for news about its release. The street where he usually busks, Oliver Plunkett St., has just been named the best street in Europe, so why not take an amble down one of Cork’s main arteries to take in the sights and the sound of Simon busking.

If you like your music to be a fusion between rock, jazz, and soul, then City Weezle will satisfy the musical bones in your body.

By Enda Kenneally

Possible new law of nature on the way

Share this
Share

The world of physics is excited about strong but early evidence about the behavior of muons, paricles identical to electrons only 200x more massive (heavier), which once born take 2.2 microseconds to decay into an electron, and which spin like tops. In a new, extremely precise measurement, they were made to wobble using magnetic fields but they unexpectedly wobbled quite significantly faster than the Standard Model suggests they would. They might spin so fast due to an unknown force caused by an unknown particle, and this is what is so exciting.

“We found that a muon … is not in agreement with our current best theory of physics at the subatomic level, and … it potentially points to a future with new laws, new particles and new forces in physics which we haven’t seen to date,” said Professor Mark Lancaster at U of Manchester.

“The main goal of the experiment is to make the measurement and compare with the theory, and if they disagree then it’s telling us that there’s something in nature which is not in the theory,” explained James Mott at Fermilab.

The four known forces of nature (gravity, electricity, two nuclear forces: strong and weak interactions) have left scientists without an answer for some observed phenomena, such as the speed at which galaxies spin (faster than the best model suggests). Therefore, they continue to search for glitches in their already-tight models which might point them things they don’t yet know about.

The most recent work was done at Fermilab (Muon g-2 experiment), but a similar experiment was already done earlier at the Large Hadron Collider. These tools accelerate particles in large rings at close to the speed of light.

The evidence needs more tests for greater certainty, particularly to rule out the possibility of a systematic error, and particularly with a new, independent experiment, but physicists will be chasing this line of experiment eagerly.

“This is outstanding confirmation of experimental technique, and very, very suggestive of the possibility of new physics,” noted scientist David Hertzon of U of Washington.

By the editors

#AnomalousMagneticDipoleMomentOfTheMuon #QuantumElectrodynamics

Leave a comment

People in Kachin state demonstrate against China

Share this
Share

YANGON, Myanmar – The people in the Pharkant area of Kachin state demonstrated against China this week, drawing a cross on the Chinese flag and burning a picture of Myanmar’s military leader Min Aung Hlaing.

“China stands with the military leader,” shouted the demonstrators.

By Htay Win
Photo credit Aye Yarwaddy

Leave a comment

Myanmar military council arrests the artist Zarganar

Share this
Share

YANGON, Myanmar – The artist Zarganar was arrested by the Myanmar military council from his home in Tarmwe township, Yangon this morning.

Zarganar is not only a director but also a comedian famous for political jokes since the 1988 democratic revolution.

Zarganar was arrested by the Myanmar military many times before 2010.

By Htay Win
Photo credit Zarganar page

Leave a comment

Kayin IDPs struggle to get for food

Share this
Share

YANGON, Myanmar – Kayin internally displaced people are desperate for food, clothing and shelter, hiding in the forest from the air strikes of the Myanmar military.

The IDPs fled to neighboring Thailand, but Thai government turned them back. However, Wednesday morning the Thai government opened Maeseli jetty in Maehaungsaung district to sending rations and medicines over the border to Kayin state, according to a Thai media.

By Htay Win

Leave a comment

Twenty Myanmar celebrities charged with incitement

Share this
Share

YANGON, Myanmar -They were charged under the country’s media law with inciting government employees to join the popular civil disobedience movement (CDM) through social media.

Celebrities took part in the NLD election campaigns and are thought to have played a large part in influencing the public, particularly Myanmar’s youth, to vote for Aung San Suu Kyi.

By Htay Win
Photo credit Myanmar celebrity

Leave a comment

More news in Entertainment

Most recent: