Across six albums, the local quintet showcased the songwriting of Mario Matteoli and Darren Hoff atop a blazing fiddle from Brian Salvi, and the furious rhythm of Cary Ozanian on drums and upright bassist Darren Sluyter.
“Everyone remembers our shows,” admits Matteoli. “It was a really fun thing to do in Austin for a while, and I think a lot of people experienced it. It’s just this really fast, simple music, but it had this way of making people happy.
“I think that’s why people remember it and kind of miss it.”
At the moment the new Americana movement was beginning to gain national traction behind acts like Old Crow Medicine Show and the Avett Brothers in 2007, the Wearies disbanded.
“We worked really hard and gave it a good shot, but we burned ourselves out in the process,” Matteoli reckons. “And the bands from that era that have come to more commercial success were on that path anyway. Weary Boys was always really raw and not that commercial.”
While the members have forged new projects – Matteoli’s the Preservation; Darren Hoff & the Hard Times; the remaining trio's WoodsBoss – the Weary Boys’ chemistry still endures five years after parting, as evidenced by a preview of the one-off reunion two weeks ago at the Do512 Lounge.
“It was pretty natural,” agrees the frontman. “We’ve had it instilled in us, but it’s not our lives anymore and that’s how we want it to stay.
“At the same time, it’s something we can still do and it’s been fun getting together and doing it.”
– Doug Freeman