The Portland Mercury compares The Weather Machine to The Kinks and Paul McCartney, while an Italian publication preferred Hey Marseilles as a reference. The truth? This band is hard to categorize… which is a big part of the appeal. Their high-energy live show has struck a chord with Northwestern audiences, resulting in sold out performances at Mississippi Studios and the Sisters Folk Festival, a featured performance at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater, and two west coast tours. Their sophomore full-length album Peach will be available March 24th 2015.
Based in Portland OR, The Weather Machine released its first full-length album 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. The transformation is best exemplified in Tender Loving Empire’s 2013 B-side release of “Slow Dance Slow,” a song that begins as a ballad and ends as a drunken, waltzy cacophony.
Since 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 soon 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).