Allison Weiss forms Bernie Sanders-themed punk band

Allison Weiss
photo: Catie Laffoon

We didn’t think it was possible to love Allison Weiss any more than we already did, but then she went and formed Bern Unit, a Bernie Sanders-themed punk band alongside her touring guitarist Peter Recine and drummer Will Noon of fun. and Nate Ruess’ solo band [and of Breaking Pangaea, too —emo cred ed.]. Their first single is a cover of the Ramones’ classic “Judy Is A Punk,” only with the lyrics rewritten about everyone’s favorite Vermont senator—hence “Bernie Is A Punk.” A DIY music video for the track can be watched below, and you can download the track for free at as well as pick up a Ramones-inspired Bernie Sanders tee. (According to Weiss, all proceeds from the T-shirts and any donations made from track downloads will go to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.)

There are no gigs on Bern Unit’s schedule as of press time, but Allison Weiss is currently on tour in the U.K. alongside Jenny Owen Youngs and Yellowbirddd:

FEB 17 WED The Cluny Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
FEB 18 THU King Tuts Glasgow, United Kingdom
FEB 19 FRI Bodega Nottingham, United Kingdom
FEB 20 SAT O2 Institute3 Birmingham, United Kingdom
FEB 22 MON Louisiana Bristol, United Kingdom
FEB 23 TUE The Joiners Southampton, United Kingdom
FEB 24 WED Barfly Camden, United Kingdom