The career of San Francisco black metallers Weakling remains shrouded in mystery and local legend, partially the result of their own efforts. Some of what is known is that they formed in the late '90s and consisted of vocalist John Gossard, guitarist Josh Smith (better known as a member of the (Fucking) Champs), keyboardist Casey Ward, bassist Sarah Weiner, and drummer "Little Sunshine." The band's sole recording, Dead As Dreams, barely even came out, as the original plan had been to only release one copy of the album and give it to a teenager in Europe. (There were also plans to bury copies of the album and then give customers maps so that they could attempt to find and dig up the album for themselves.) In addition, the band did not tour, and by the time Dead As Dreams did come out -- which it did in 2000, to surprising acclaim in parts of the metal underground and on the fringes of the indie rock world -- the band had already broken up. After their breakup, Weakling's members stayed busy with a variety of different projects -- Smith with the Champs, Gossard with the goth metal band the Gault, Little Sunshine with death/black metallers Sangre Amado, and Ward with the Kill Rock Stars band the Lies.
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