Los Angeles Alt Rock band Weathers have the honor of being our #WeeklyDiscovery for this week.
The four-piece band has been making a name for themselves in the alt rock space. We recently caught up with Weathers go get the full scoop on what been happening over these last few months!
For our readers who may not be familiar with band, can you give us a quick overview of the history of Weathers?
We’ve been a band for about 3.5 years now. We’ve spent a lot of time figuring shit out and playing shows. Feels like we are in the middle of a John Hughes movie where the kid is trying to figure out life. We’ve done lots of rad tours such as hopping on with Nothing But Thieves, Saint Motel, and Dreamers. And we have a tour coming up with Palaye Royale. We released our debut album “Kids In The Night” late June of 2018. And have released a new single Dirty Money just over a month ago.
Many artists have great backstories to how they become involved in music. What led to the members of Weathers becoming musicians/songwriters?
I think we all kind of stumbled into it. I remember growing up and being involved in other music groups and just hating being told what to do when it came to music. And I just figured that the best way to get away from that was to create my own shit. So I started writing music and then formed my first band when I was 13, which over time, evolved into Weathers
You released your sophomore full-length album, Kids In The Night, in the summer of 2018. We’re did you draw the inspiration for this Indie Rock album?
“Kids In The Night” is actually our debut album. Before that was just 2 stand alone singles. Inspiration for this album just came from taking time off and wanting to discover who I was and what the identity of this band was. We were pretty young when Happy Pills came out and we realized we were still growing. As people and as songwriters. And we wanted to reflect that in our music. Cameron Olsen (guitar player) and I sat down and wrote close to 50 songs in 2017. Out of all those, we chose 12 that we felt represented who this band is best. 11 of those went on the album. And the 12th song, Dirty Money, was a single later. I wanted to write music that was a reflection of who we were as a band, and who we were as a band. So when Olsen and I wrote this music, we pulled inspiration from past life experiences and talked about how those experiences have affected us later.
You worked with Tim Pagnotta (WALKTHEMOON, NeonTrees) for this release. What was it like working with him compared to your previous album?
Tim helped us push the boundaries of what we thought was possible. When Olsen and I thought we had something great, he would encourage us to keep pushing. He also perfected the fun, emotional, and imperfect tones throughout or music. We all shared a mutual understanding of how this art should be portrayed. And putting that together was amazing. And through the recording process, we all became very close.
Your latest single “Dirty Money” was released in early February. Can we expect a new EP/Full-length in the latter part of 2019?
You can always expect something new from us. We are always working on new music. And there are definitely some exciting new tunes coming your way.
With all the different musical tastes that band members typically bring as influences, do you feel that helps bring a lot to the table when it comes to song writing or does it make it difficult because everyone wants to go in different directions?
It depends on the song. Some stuff is easier to write separately, and some stuff is easier to write as a group. And depending on the song, we’ll figure out how we want to tackle it.
The term ‘genre’ in itself can be a damning thing. Do you ever feel as if the concept of genre limits you?
I don’t think of the genre as being limiting. Instead, I see it more as a tool to stay focused. We can always push the boundaries and show the world something new. I don’t think Weathers will ever be bound to a genre.
How does creativity inform or alter your happiness?
Sometimes you can get lost in the creative process. And it can beat down on you and make you feel worthless. It can definitely be discouraging at times. Especially when you are trying to figure yourself out and you see someone else doing you better that YOU are doing you. If that makes sense. There are definitely times where I feel like I’m losing myself or don’t know who I am. But I think it’s all growing pains. We are young guys in a young band. It’s ok to be not ok.
I want to stretch your memory and take you back to your childhood. What’s the first song or artist that made an impact on you?
The first record I ever listened to was The Beach Boys Greatest Hits album. It was the first batch of music that I connected with. This was when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I only have vague images of listening to it at that age. But as I’ve grown up, it’s still stuck with me. Early middle school I connected hard with The Killers. And they quickly became my favorite band. And still are. High school was a confusing time for me when it comes to music. Listened to a lot of terrible shit. I prefer to skip over that haha. Then just out of high school, I discovered a whole other side of me that I didn’t know existed. I dove deep into 80’s new wave and 90’s post punk. And I would say that era of music is still my favorite today. Bands like The Cure (my second favorite band), Pixies, Oingo Boingo, Tears For Fears, Thompson Twins, and The Smith’s quickly became passions and huge inspirations for the music you hear from Weathers today.
You’ve experienced the highs and lows of being traveling musicians. What advice do you have for up-&-coming artists?
You gotta be open to new things. Don’t get stuck in your own head. Take advice. And don’t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s the only way you’re gonna truly figure out who you are. And also find the balance between that and not losing your own sense of individuality. Be you. And be versions of you.
We’re big on indie artists at DigiSpun. Any hidden gems you’ve been listening to lately?
Not totally hidden, but we’ve been listening to a lot of I Don’t Know How But They Found Me lately.
What’s next for you guys? What does the future hold for Weathers?
We are currently just starting our short headlining run. Last show is March 17th in LA at The Roxy. And we are going on tour in May with Palaye Royale. Last show with them is May 30th at The Fonda in LA. And you can definitely expect some new tunes coming soon. Testing out one of the new ones on our headline run as well. Just a little sneak peek. We hope people can come out to the shows and have a rad bop. And we hope people like the stuff we are working on. We definitely do.
Their debut full-length, Kids In The Night is available now wherever fine music is sold!