But the in-person vote of confidence from Obama meant more to Weiner than any streaming bump or pro rata share could have. "His belief in what I do was real... I felt that like I feel it from people at our show," Weiner says. "Since then there has been this renewed sense of purpose, and that went right into the studio when we recorded the new album. I feel like the fans can feel it -- a unified purpose."
Riding that sense of purpose, Low Cut Connie, whose current lineup consists of Weiner (and his trusty piano "Shondra"), guitarist James Everhart, guitarist Will Donnelly, drummer Larry Scotton, and bassist Lucas Rinz, released their fourth album, Dirty Pictures, Part 1, in May (Part 2 is on the way soon). It charted at No. 41 on the Billboard Heatseekers charts in the first week of its release, has been a staple on college radio for the past few months, and Elton John, delighted to find a fellow piano-rocker, interviewed Weiner in July for his Beats 1 Apple Music radio show. The band, which had no one to help respond to the flurry of press requests from the Obama playlist, now has an actual, if modest, team in place to handle its PR. "We've learned that we're never going to have this mushroom cloud moment," Weiner says.
The band has doubled the amount of live shows they play, which is where they have always shined, Weiner still dancing all over his piano bench to win over the crowd. Streaming numbers have picked up, too; the album's first single, "Revolution Rock n Roll," has already passed 140,000 streams, significantly more than previous singles like "Boozophilia" had garnered before the Obama bump.