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Wild Weekend, one of the San Diego buzz bands at South by Southwest, broke up just days after returning from the Austin music fest.

“It was my decision,” says Wild Weekend singer-guitarist Maren Parusel, 26. “I decided on the Monday after South by Southwest. My heart just wasn’t into it when I was onstage.” She says she dropped the bomb to her three bandmates (singer-guitarist Kelly Alvarez, bassist Cara Bowman, and drummer Cody Young) over a meeting at a sushi café. “Everyone was kind of shocked.”

Wild Weekend started out as a Zeros cover band a year and a half ago and began doing all originals about a year ago.

Parusel, a native of Germany who moved here five years ago, says there were no personal issues that caused the breakup. Her decision to leave Wild Weekend may have been motivated by her recent collaborations with local A-list musicians who will be backing her as a solo artist. Louis XIV drummer Mark Maigaard and bassist Jack Reynolds (Vertibird, Hatchet Brothers) have signed on so far. Louis XIV cofounder Brian Karscig has produced five new songs for Parusel, and they will continue to work together in the studio. Parusel says she plays keyboards as well as guitar and will be less punk, more pop than Wild Weekend. “I have a whole pile of songs.”

Mario Escovedo (the Dragons, MEX) organized a SXSW showcase March 21 at the Wave in Austin that featured Wild Weekend, Parusel’s solo set, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, Triple Cobra, Mad Juana, and the Dogs. Insiders say Escovedo helped orchestrate Parusel’s new solo project and will be involved behind the scenes.

Wild Weekend canceled gigs that were booked for April. Alvarez said in an email that she plans to continue playing with Bowman and Young in a new band with a new name, and she will also focus on her solo work.

Last week, Parusel opened for Anya Marina at the Hotel Cafe in L.A.; she will appear May 2 at Lestat’s.

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ONE April 8, 2009 @ 5:01 p.m.

Knock, Knock! Who's there? Rock Star. Hmmmm? Rock Star who? Rock Star Maren Parusel! Here is another fine example of ego "I'm the star of the band" mentality that will take down another great San Diego band. As I recall, it was Maren Parusel that was the last member to join Wild Weekend.When the band was looking to replace their guitarist. NEWS FLASH! You are not the only guitar player in San Diego and especially NOT the only female that plays guitar. C'mon Kelly,Cara and Cody the band is great with or without Maren "Rock Star" Parusel.IT'S ONLY ROCK'N'ROLL! So let her have her 15 minutes as she plays to her millions of fans with bad hair cuts, thrift store clothes and even badder teeth while they discuss how cool she is with her European/German accent and try to guess her sexuality. It makes good for write ups in indie zines and scenester press, but she will never make the cover of Rolling Stone. p.s. Sorry Maren Parusel..but your fifteen minutes are up!


kellyalvarez April 9, 2009 @ 8:35 a.m.

Let's get the facts straight first. Maren was the one that STARTED Wild Weekend and no guitarists were ever replaced. You obviously don't know Maren because if you did you would know she doesn't have a "rockstar" mentality and she's an amazing, sweet, caring woman as well as a great friend of mine. She was always in other bands while she was in WW and has hundreds of songs written and recorded. So she decided to do her own thing, who cares? We all support her solo career and I believe in her music 100%. I think it's fed up that in order to try to prove your point of her being a supposed rockstar, you have to give her lame low-blows about her accent, her sexuality and her being a “hipster” or whatever. It's unfair, sexist (?), homophobic (?) and really dumb. I hope you feel better about yourself for talking s on the internet with absolutely no merit behind your words while hiding behind a fake screen name, coward.


ONE April 9, 2009 @ 1:17 p.m.

Boo-Hoo.... yes, I do feel better. Infact I fell amazing! Maybe Maren will ask you to be in HER band. You could shower her with all the accolades she deserves and if your so lucky maybe even get to carry her guitar. So getback behind the counter and sell me my CD. I think I'll have a WILD WEEKEND!


theportraits June 15, 2010 @ 10 p.m.

Hey one guy....just so you realize Kelly Alvarez is actually another of the original members of Wild Weekend. So maybe Maren will let her join her band...or maybe SHE ALREADY HAS YOU FREAKING IDIOT!!!

http://www.myspace.com/marenparusel http://www.marenparusel.com


rachelhsandiego June 15, 2010 @ 10:17 p.m.

Hahaha!! Ok first, "ONE", learn to spell; it's feel, not fell. Second, portraits guy is right. Kelly IS in Wild Weekend, so either you didn't read that article or you're a jerk. Either way it was entertaining reading your idiotic comments!


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