Good weather, one of the most unique and often underrated bands of the early 2000s emo boom, returned in 2014 with a self-titled reunion album, but they’ve since quieted down, and most recently two members have been busy to play in Brian McTernan’s new band. BeWell group. But now Fairweather is back with the announcement of the Flood EP, their first release in eight years, due June 24 via Equal Vision (Pre-order). The EP was recorded largely at guitarist Ben Green’s DC studio in Ivakota and partially at vocalist Jay Littleton’s Houston studio, and it was made with an expanded six-piece lineup, with bassist Ben Murphy moving to third guitar. and Nick Barkley of Fairweather. Olympia join on bass.
The first single is “Untethered”, which is over six minutes long, in which Fairweather continues to move forward, not just reliving his glory days. It’s a towering, atmospheric emo song steeped in post-rock – a direction they began exploring on the final album of their debut series, in 2003. Lusitania, but never to this extent. It’s really awesome, and here’s what guitarist Peter Tsouras has to say about this song and the EP in general:
As a band, we have never been constrained by the need to recreate a previous album. Part of our writing process is finding a way to redesign our parts without worrying about their sum. Unlike our last record, which was intended as a collection of direct statements of raw energy, the songs on what would become Flood were more ornate in their form. As the disc’s opening track, “Untethered” is its flagship. There are understated melodic lines running through the song’s funky beat, which we really sought to exploit with the band’s latest iteration. With three guitarists, we wanted to play with the back and forth depth of these songs – the opening chord structure acts as an introduction for each of us in some way, as three distinct themes enter before the vocals. . Lyrically, it is the mourning of something lost, a procession towards the unknown. The melodies oscillate between uplifting and menacing, and themes of tension and release continue throughout the nearly 7-minute song. It’s the heaviest music we’ve ever written, and yet the most beautiful and harmonically dense. The result is something vast, perhaps cinematic, but sometimes intimate, even fragile.
That pretty much sums it up. Listen and watch the video directed by Rory Sheridan below.
For more on Fairweather, check out their 2001 debut album If they move… kill them in our list of the best emo albums of 2001 and their second album of 2003 Lusitania in our list of underrated Equal Vision releases.
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