Scott Weiland Premieres New Songs at Sundance

Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts
Jamie Weiland

Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts

Scott Weiland treated a packed house at the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival to half of the dozen songs that appear on his first album with his new band the Wildabouts. Due March 31, the songs from the album Blaster are no-nonsense, straight-ahead rock tunes that owe debts to music of the 1980s and '90s inspired by late '60s garage rock.

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The half-hour set's lone cover -- a sharp extended rendition of David Bowie's "Jean Genie" that allowed guitarist Jeremy Brown to play with tones both volcanic and cavernous -- is an appropriate root of the Wildabouts' sound: hook-filled choruses, rhythms propelled by Tommy Black's bass, almost on par with Danny Thompson's steady and aggressive drumming, and little ornamentation. The drive of "Jean Genie" is immediately evident in "Hotel Rio" and the first track being sent to radio, "Way She Moves."

Weiland accurately described the song "White Lightning" as "Godzilla or King Kong doing a song in the Appalachians." It's a boot stomper -- think of the Doors at their bluesiest -- though Weiland and the band sound best when they tear into hard-edged power pop like the catchy "Amethyst."

Longtime Weiland fans were appeased with two of his classics from Stone Temple Pilots: "Vasoline" and "Unglued."

Weiland and the Wildabouts perform again at the ASCAP Music Cafe at 4:45 p.m. on Jan 24.