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Trent Derby, 28, and Eric Moffitt, 30, of the band Dickweed in downtown Des Moines

Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice Trent Derby, 28, and Eric Moffitt, 30, of the band Dickweed in downtown Des Moines

Supergroup Dickweed started as a joke

Published on June 25th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

Meet the band: Dickweed

Members: Eric Moffitt (vocals, guitar), Patrick Tape Fleming (vocals, guitar), Trent Derby (vocals, drums), Tanner Illingworth (vocals, guitar), Kevin Neal (vocals, bass) and Bob Nastanovich (wildcard).

See them: 6 p.m. Thursday at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St.

Band founder Eric Moffitt, 30, plays in local bands like Wolves in the Attic and Mantis Pincers, but at his day job, his co-workers have him listening to country music about 20 hours a week. As a result he started writing “funny country songs.” Dickweed is the end result.

“At first it was a joke, but now it’s actually fun,” Moffitt said. “It’s a different energy than any of the bands I play in, which I like.”

Moffitt recruited his Wolves/Pincers drummer Trent Derby and members of The Poison Control Center, Datagun, Love Songs for Lonely Monsters and even Pavement’s Bob Nastanovich.

“We don’t really know what Bob will be doing,” Moffitt said. “We asked if he would be willing to join and he said yes, but that he refuses to practice. He’ll only show up for shows. “I think his quote was ‘I just like the action.’” Nastanovich won’t be performing at Thursday’s show.

In addition to Moffitt’s songs, other members of the band have written country songs as well. They plan on trading off lead vocals for their own songs. The band doesn’t plan to play regular gigs, doing just a few shows instead. While the band started as something of a joke, Dickweed’s members are committed to its sound.

“Musically we’ll take it seriously,” Derby, 28, said. “But it’s still going to be fun to get on stage like a jackass, dress up and have a good time.”


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Joe Lawler covers music and more for Juice Magazine. E-mail him at joe@dmJuice.com or follow his updates on Twitter @JoeLawler



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