JOCK N ROLL
OF 98 LB.WEAKLING
TALKS TO ROCKWIRED
ROCKER PHONES, THE NEW
AND WHY HE PREFERS CALIFORNIA TO MAINE
FLEISHMAN is not your
typical rock guy. A personal trainer by day; a lead vocalist and rhythm
guitarist for his band 98 lb. WEAKLING by night; He puts to rest the
the scrawny out of shape rocker who get lost in the quagmire of
booze and illicit substances
So why are we doing
about him and his band? Because 98 lb. WEAKLING are on the verge (at press time) of
releasing their EP BERLIN
exclusively on the internet through SOVEREIGN ARTISTS RECORDS and their
internet division SOVEREIGN DIGITAL in November 2005. Currently, the
FOREVER” is slated to be the theme song for the upcoming DISCOVERY
reality series THE GYM.
with ERIC on
a sunny Thursday afternoon. Here’s how it went.
are your thoughts on music being exclusively available
through the internet?
it’s great. It’s the
wave of the future and it’s really exciting. I think that having
and limited time periods for different releases is
good because it gets people to go to all these different sites that are
The band and I are really excited to be teamed up with i-Tunes
for the initial release of BERLIN
because they’re the largest and the most powerful of these on-line
done a lot for the band especially with this thing that they’re calling
ROCKER PHONE which is available through CINGULAR and MOTOROLA. In fact,
people go to a CINGULAR store to purchase an I-POD telephone, people at
store use our music to demonstrate how the technology works. It’s
a personal trainer yet a lot of the songs from
a little self-deprecating. Do you care to explain?
and music are my two
loves in life. All of my time is spent doing either one of the two. I
playing and writing music. It’s a real cerebral thing and being a
trainer is real physical thing and I think it’s great that I’ve got a
for both. They even each other out. A lot of my clients don’t know that
a rock band and people in the music world always wonder why I’m in such
shape. They’re two very different worlds.
did 98lb. WEAKLING begin?
was living in New York City
and I was later lured out to California by
beautiful women and the beautiful weather. I began writing music and
with a friend of mine who is a drummer and came up with the idea of
forming a band.
We got in touch with NATE who is the bass player and started playing a
shows and they went really well. After that we decided to get another
player and see where this whole thing could go. We got a hold JEURG who
just left the band LIFEHOUSE after a two year tour. That’s how the
is from a hair metal band. (NATE is from
the band WARRANT) Did
you ever have any hair metal
aspirations of your own?
I grew up in Maine
and the music
there is really bad. Growing up, it was ANNE MURRAY and FREE BIRD over
again. If you go up there now I guarantee you that it’s still playing.
they just got the first ever STAR WARS in the local movie theater. It’s
behind the times. I remember the first music that I came into on my own
bands like THE REPLACEMENTS and THE POLICE. I had no idea it was stuff
recorded ten years earlier.
has touring been for a band a relatively new as 98lb.
Touring has been
been a real surprise. We’re not a famous band at all yet we get such a
from the audience. We’ve toured Texas,
Alabama, Utah and Nevada. We
love what we
do and I think it comes through and it’s really infectious and people
and connect to it. We’ve played at BORDERS acoustically and at large
electrically. We’re never to
proud to play anywhere. I
remember being in Alabama
and we were at an IHOP at 1AM and everyone in the restaurant went
because they had seen us on the news earlier. We signed the menu and
tacked it to the wall and for a brief moment we were celebrities in
town in Alabama.
always hear nightmarish stories about touring. It
doesn’t sound like that’s the case with you guys.
been fortunate so far.
We’re actually looking forward to doing a lot more touring.
did the bands association with SOVEREIGN ARTISTS
I was working in the
I knew this musician who was a banjo player named HERB PETERSON. This
played with people like LUCINDA WILLIAMS, THE EAGLES and THE BYRDS so I
him some music to listen to. He liked it and wanted to record some
us. We tuned our instruments to G to match up with the tuning of his
what we recorded sounded great. He introduced us to his record company
was SOVEREIGN ARTISTS and we got signed to their on-line division
the band focused on releasing a string of EP’s
via the internet is there an LP in the works?
is an LP in the works.
It’s going to be a culmination of all three EP’s.
Would you think of your selves as an album band or
Because of my
I think I have tendency to write more singles. I work in a sweaty gym
for about 12 hours a day. Nothing is more relaxing than getting into my
and strumming an acoustic guitar. That’s where the songs come from. I
a song on Monday, get together with the band and play it on Friday in a
club with people jumping around and going crazy.
are your plans for the moment?
finished four new
tracks that are going to be licensed to film, most likely. If anybody
find out more, they can go to our website at www.98lbweakling.com. It’s a
Please check it out.