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PopWrapped | Music

City of the Weak's Stef W/ An F Talks About Tours, IndieGoGo, and Shocking New Video

Jonathan Frahm | PopWrapped Author

Jonathan Frahm

Updated 09/18/2014 12:17am
City of the Weak's Stef W/ An F Talks About Tours, IndieGoGo, and Shocking New Video | City of The Weak
Media Courtesy of City of the Weak's Facebook
  Way back during June of this year, I had the awesome opportunity to introduce PopWrapped readers to one of my favorite up-and-coming bands, City of the Weak. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Stef w/ an F and given sweet instrumentation by band members Jackson (guitar/backing vox), Brent (guitar), Cody (bass), and Ed (drums), they've arguably pushed themselves right up to the forefront of the female-led pop/rock revolution in just the 2 years they've been around. Recently, I was able to follow up that aforementioned awesome opportunity with an honor even more tremendous: being able to exchange a set of emails with Stef about City of the Weak's style, the tours that they've been on so far, their IndieGoGo campaing, and a shocking new music video coming soon! When asked about band origins, Stef said, "We play rock music! We all got into the business by working hard and identifying our goals early on. A lot of musicians can't quite survive in the music business because they don't have clear goals of what they want or where they are going. The majority of us met at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota. As the band started to grow and become well known, members came and went, but the ones who stayed were the ones who knew what they wanted and were willing to work for it. " As per the name "City of the Weak" and its exact origins, Stef recanted that a fellow member of the band and her had been swapping names like "Conquer the City" and "Day of the Weak" back and forth for a while before settling on fusing the names together.  "I got a text back combining them that said 'City of the Weak,' and we all were like, 'that’s it' ... So nothing crazy exciting!" The band certainly went on to perform or take part in some crazy exciting events, however, including Vans Warped Tour 2014 and the All Star Tour 2014, which also involved such prolific bands as All Time Low and Suicide Silence, respectively. They were also the featured cover band at the Driven Music Industry Conference in Atlanta and have had their music featured on Food Network and NFL Total Access! Of the accolades, Stef had much to say:
Warped Tour was huge because we were able to reach out to so many new fans, and Warped has always been a milestone for a lot of bands like us. Most of the bands we look up to have played Warped Tour at one point or another. It was pretty unreal to play at the same festival as Motionless in White, Bowling for Soup, Yellowcard, and so many other killer bands that we admire. The All-Stars date was the same way for us, just a bit heavier music.
Being the featured band at the Driven Music Industry Conference was so cool because it was a conference that we had attended twice before. The first time we attended in October 2012, we had only been a band for a few months. I remember being at the conference, seeing the featured band on the cover of that magazine, and thinking to myself,  "I want this." It was pretty crazy to come back for a second time in May 2013 and perform at a private showcase. After our performance, Kevin Lyman (founder of Warped Tour) requested to see us play again at the public showcase the following night. When the conference was over, the founders of Driven contacted us and asked if we would be the featured band for the entire conference in Oct. 2013. So we drove back to Atlanta and had the time of our lives. Needless to say Driven has always been great to us.
Having our music featured on national television for the first time was a really big deal for us. I remember being crammed around the TV for our first placement in Restaurant: Impossible just waiting for our song to play. Finally at the climax of the show during a big emotional argument, our song "Better Than This" kicked in and it was just perfect!

Lastly, Stef gave me the deets on the bands ongoing IndieGoGo campaign, as well as a small teaser for City of the Weak's upcoming music video!

Watch out for the former, however, as the campaign is soon to end with only 17 days to go and, somehow, only $513 raised for their $8,000 goal! The campaign was started to help them fund their incoming set of tours. While it doesn't look like it'll realistically reach 100% funding by September 28, you can still get nab sweet merch and opportunities such as signed CDs, Skype meetings, and even brownies (made by Stef herself) thanks to its being set to flexible funding! If you're interested, please help an awesome, worthy band out by shooting them a few dollars!

Per their upcoming music video, Stef revealed that it would be for the blaring track "Just Another Eulogy", from off of their latest EP, Disclosure. Other than that, all she could reveal is that it's to be released this November and was directed by Kobamm Productions. Look forward to it being a shocking addition to the band's growing repertoire, as Stef's final comment on the music video hinted at just that: "Can't give away a lot of details, or it will ruin the shock factor!"

City of the Weak will be kicking off their Attitude Adjustment Tour with Scarlet Canary and Autumn Stay on October 9 in Sioux City, IA at The Chesterfield. For full tour dates, check out the image at the top of this article or see their official Facebook page for more!

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