The Weather Machine’s sophomore full-length, Peach, was recorded over the
course of two years, and showcases the band’s transition from folk-born
storytelling into the realm power-ballads and effects pedals. Common threads of
levity and intrigue tie the album together as the project experiments with musical
identity to cover a breadth of sonic and lyrical ground. It’s not quite “tongue and
cheek,” but Peach makes the listener wonder, pitting a faux-country anthem
called “Wannabe Cowboys” right up against the electronic slow-jam title track,
then moving deftly along into “Breakup Song” – a tune worthy of high-kicking
chorus lines. Recorded between Pacific City and Portland, OR, the album was
produced by the band’s guitarist Colin Robson at Kiwanda Sound Recordings
and debuts on March 24, 2015.
Based in Portland OR, The Weather Machine released its first full-length album
in 2013 after a blustery winter of recording on the Oregon Coast. With strong ties
to the region, the 5-piece found its roots in the Pacific Northwest’s unique folk
aesthetic, but has since developed hard-hitting, theatrical rock performance,
drawing comparisons to acts like The Kinks, Hey Marseilles, and Josh Ritter.
After emerging on the scene in April ‘13, The Weather Machine has been
featured on Buzzfeed, OPB’s Think Out Loud, The Oregonian, the Portland
Mercury, Willamette Week, and many more international and US-based
publications. The band worked collaboratively with Oregon State Parks and
Oregon Film to release their first music video, which debuted on acclaimed actor
Rain Wilson’s video blog SoulPancake and was later rereleased online through
GoPro Cameras. The Weather Machine will appear again in a follow-up video
series filmed in collaboration with Oregon State Parks.
The Weather Machine began in earnest when singer Slater Smith and guitarist
Colin Robson met at an open-mic in Pacific City, OR, March of 2012. The two
decided to team up to record Smith’s songs at Robson’s then brand new studio,
Kiwanda Sound Recordings. Cellist Matthew Cartmill and drummer Tanner
Smith (Slater's brother) joined on shortly after. Drummer Luke Hoffman and
bassist Nick Hamel joined the band in 2014 to make up the band's current
roster. Past members include Jack Martin (bass), Tanner Smith (drums), and
Corey Kintzi (drums).