When you think of a rock opera, you immediately think of Ben Weasel & Screeching Weasel right? I know, me too! Ben Weasel/Screeching Weasel started up an IndieGogo campaign to release Baby Fat, a rock opera that will be broken up into 2 parts. Considering the campaign is already 44% (as I write this), it’s already off to a great start. There’s a bunch of things you can purchase to help out the Baby Fat campaign but getting punched in the face isn’t one of them. I kid of course.
Baby Fat: Act 1 is the first act of a two-act rock opera I’ve been working on for the past few years. It’s not a rock opera in the traditional sense – the ones done by bands in the 70s seem to me to be concept records – but an actual opera with a linear narrative, featuring different singers portraying different characters. Baby Fat is the logical next step for Screeching Weasel after years of making themed and concept records like My Brain Hurts, Anthem For A New Tomorrow, Emo and These Ones Are Bitter.
I started writing this record in April 2011, though the genesis of a few of the songs dates as far back as a decade ago. I’ve put a ridiculous number of hours into writing, rewriting, arranging and demoing these songs. Not to mention writing and rewriting the story, going back and replacing entire blocks of songs to better define characters, and working on recurring musical themes to bookend scenes, etc. Hey, it’s taking up a double album for the first act alone – almost an hour of music! And all that has been a blast, but it’s time to start recording.