Manwich came together in May of '86, and was the brain child of vocalist Lara Allen. Original line-up included Darius Smith on drums , Peter Aaron on bass and William Weber on guitar (the latter two went to future fame with The Chrome Cranks). With no rehearsal, their first gig happened at a dive bar in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their improv set consisted of an all out "volume war" between the all involved with Lara screaming in baby-talk over the noise. Needless to say, highly entertaining. This line-up stayed together for one more show at an all ages event at a local dance hall.
After a few muddled gigs with a couple of different bass players, enter David Lewis to handle the 4 string chores. Dave rose to regional fame fronting bands such as The 11,000 Switches and Cointelpro. This configuration was quite prolific up until William dropped out sometime in the fall '86. David switched to guitar, and opened the door for Joel Stewart on bass. Also joining was Heather Prescott on a second drum set and Wendy Darst on Farfisa. This ensemble played a few local rent-raising party's until William joined up with them again in Jan. of '87.
It was in this configuration that the band received it's most notoriety. They assembled at Group Effort Studio to record 7 songs, all working off a skeletal structure...allowing the band to improv. Probably their most attended show came as an opening act for The Butthole Surfers in March '87. A scheduling conflict on the Buttholes side found the them not showing up on the night of the gig. Manwich played solo to a receptive crowd and took care of an ugly situation. The Buttholes rescheduled two evenings later and again Manwich was invited to open the show. The next couple months saw the group play a handful of gigs in the Cincinnati area with occasional roadtrips to Muncie, IN.
The beginning of the summer they entered the studio with engineer Mark Santangilo (but without Joel and Jeff....for reasons unknown). BPA bassist Tim Benz sat in as replacement for Joel. They successfully recorded three new songs to add to their list of achievements. Their final appearance was on August 7 '87 at the historic Southgate house in Newport, KY. They were first up on a five band bill opening for Big Black's farewell tour. The next morning Lara left for Minneapolis...
In '89, William assembled "IT"... a 17 song retrospective from various incarnations of the band, and featuring songs both live and from the studio.