WEATHER MACHINE (USA) „Power Americana“ from Portland, OR

Feb 2016

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Ein wenig Josh Ritter, ein bisschen Modest Mouse – The Weather Machine formen eine stabile Beziehung zwischen zeitgenössischen Folk-Pop und knallharten, theatralischen Pop-Rock-Sensibilitäten.

Nachdem sie in der Musikszene erstmalig im April 2013 auftauchten, wurden The Weather Machine unter anderem im PASTE Magazin, bei BuzzFeed, OPB’s Think Out Loud, The Oregonian, The Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, und vielen weiteren internationalen und US-amerikanischen Publikationen lobend erwähnt.


Portland, Oregon quintet The Weather Machine have grown noticeably since their 2013 debut record.
The self-titled effort saw the band drawing heavily on the Pacific Northwest vibes of laid-back folk storytelling, really the sound of a band finding its footing together. They had only formed the year prior, when when singer Slater Smith and guitarist Colin Robson met at an open-mic in Pacific City, Oregon and decided to join up to record Smith’s songs in Robson’s studio. Cellist Matthew Cartmill joined Smith and Robson to record that set, along with Smith’s brother Tanner on drums. Since, Luke Hoffman has permanently replaced Tanner Smith on drums, and they have made bassist Nick Hamel their full-time bassist.

Perhaps the solidified lineup and time spent playing together accounts for the more expanded, fully-realized sound on their sophomore effort Peach. The spirit of Weather Machine is still largely present, with a focus on songwriting and storytelling, but it’s more about how The Weather Machine are telling the stories that is so noticeably changed. They have bolstered their sound through live performances, garnering attention as a full-fledged rock band, capable of channeling a soaring energy through their performances that is fully evident here. They seem more confident than ever with exploring new areas of their sound and enhancing them, nestling a rollicking country-tinged anthem “Wannabe Cowboys” up against the electronic-leaning title track.


DOORS 19:30
TICKET 20.- (Students)/25.- CHF