By Brian Ives
Ah, Scott Weiland and being in bands—there’s never a lack of drama. There’s his on/off relationship with the band that made him a star, Stone Temple Pilots. Then there was the kind of ugly breakup with Velvet Revolver, the supergroup that featured him and former members of Guns N’ Roses.
So it was a bit surprising yesterday (Jan. 21) when a band called Art of Anarchy posted a message to their newly launched Facebook page announcing “The debut album of Art Of Anarchy, an album featuring Scott Weiland on vocals, John Moyer of Disturbed on bass, Jon & Vince Votta on guitar & drums, and Bumblefoot as co-guitarist & producer. More info as the album release gets closer.”
Bumblefoot is currently the guitarist in the latest incarnation of Guns N’ Roses.
They also posted a teaser of what the band sounds like:
Sounds interesting enough, except one of the members listed—and a key one, some might say—says claims of his involvement have been greatly exaggerated.
Weiland seemed as surprised as anyone by the announcement, and took to his Facebook page to respond, saying that he doesn’t have that much involvement.
“I just saw some press about a side project called art of anarchy that I worked on last year – I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too, we had a lot of fun,” he wrote. “When they find their front man to hit the road and play some dates, check them out. In the meantime, if you want to check out where I’m at RIGHT NOW, check out my band, SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS. I couldn’t be more excited about our new record, Blaster, that comes out March 31st. You can see us on the road starting in Feb, and at Sundance next week and SXSW in March.” He concluded by giving a taste of what his current project sounds like: “Here’s some footage of us in the studio performing White Lightning and a new song called Circles.”
It is interesting to note that the above video has what seems to be a press photo of the band, including Weiland, and he mentions having shot some videos, which leads us to think that he was at least at one point more committed to the group than he is now.
So, Art of Anarchy won’t follow Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver as Weiland’s next great band; perhaps AoA is more akin to his brief ’90s project, Magnificent Bastards. Below, enjoy their video for one of their two songs, “Mockingbird Girl,” from the soundtrack to Tank Girl, a film that featured Ice-T playing a kangaroo and Iggy Pop playing a character named “Rat Face.”