Posted in music on April 4, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Jonathan Weiner
Weatherbox

If people are praising Evan Weiss as sort of a forerunner to the whole "Emo Revival" thing, another musician who deserves similar praise is Brian Warren. After a brief stint in pop punk band My American Heart, Brian debuted his Weatherbox project with 2007's American Art, a pretty straightforward (but strong) emo album, not all that different from the album Evan made with The Progress a year earlier. He followed it in 2009 with The Cosmic Drama, a roughly-recorded, partially acoustic album with Pinkerton-style hastiness and utter weirdness. It's a great record, and often an unfairly overlooked one.

Besides a few tracks recorded for EPs and splits, Weatherbox never got around to recording a proper full length followup to The Cosmic Drama, but that will finally change this year with Flies in All Directions, which comes out on May 13 via the band's new label home Triple Crown Records (same label as Evan Weiss' current Into It. Over It. project, and once home to Brand New). The new record sees the band taking a more overtly indie rock direction. The distorted guitar hooks of the first record are there, but this time around they'd sound better next to Modest Mouse, Built to Spill or Death Cab than Taking Back Sunday. Brian also works in the eccentricities he experimented with on The Cosmic Drama, and like on that album, the lyrics are a huge part of the appeal too.

The record's first single, "Bring Us The Head of Weatherbox," is as great an example of the new record's direction as any. The song's introduced with some lightly distorted vocals that lead into falsetto "ooh oohs," Isaac Brock-worthy guitar bends, and a chorus of "Wake up!" which is repeated and repeated but never really sung the same way twice. Something Brian's proved through songs like "King Friend" that he's pretty good at.

The new single premieres in this post, and you can listen, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below. Weatherbox are also planning a summer tour which is mostly still TBA, but they've confirmed three west coast dates for April with DC post-punks Deleted Scenes, all of which are listed below...

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Weatherbox - "Bring Us the Head of Weatherbox"

Weatherbox

Tracklist:
01) Pagan Baby
02) Bring Us The Head Of Weatherbox
03) The Fresh Prints Of Bill Ayers
04) Bathin' In The Fuss
05) Radio Hive
06) The Devil And Whom?
07) Dark All Night For Us
08) Drag Out
09) The Drones
10) Ghost Malls
11) Kick-Flips
12) The Last White Lighter
13) Love Me A Good Microcosm

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Weatherbox -- 2014 Tour Dates (more TBA)
4/21 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar w/ Deleted Scenes
4/22 - Los Angeles, CA - The Church On York w/ Deleted Scenes
4/23 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern w/ Deleted Scenes

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Comments (18)

I'm keeping my promise by not saying anything negative about this music or the author of this post. It's not easy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 10:47 AM

Fantastic song, shitty analysis. Don't compare them to other artists they sound nothing like or try to pinhole them with a genre label. The dudes free and that's why his shit is good.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 11:33 AM

I've never seen weather box as an emo revival
Band. The make great music

Posted by Satan | April 4, 2014 11:43 AM

WET HER BOX

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 12:13 PM

Come on!! Please don't compare Brian to Evan. Weatherbox is in its own place. That's they gets the respect.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 12:59 PM

Please take a look at My American Heart, this dude's old band.

http://nighttimes.com/images/MyAmericanHeart.jpg

What's next, a post about All Time Low? Sacher is absolutely the worst thing to happen to this website.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 1:06 PM

great band, never considered them emo

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 1:42 PM

love love love

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 2:17 PM

Here's some water ya filthy hippie!

Posted by Feed the Children Reviews Part 2 | April 4, 2014 2:28 PM

I mention "emo revival" for the same reason Into It Over It get lumped into "emo revival." Like the post points out, I agree that Weatherbox hasn't been emo in years (though I do think the first album is), but it's a band that has been well known in the emo/punk scene for years and has been unfairly ignored outside of that scene. Just like Into It Over It (or Title Fight, or TWIABP, or Touche Amore, etc).

Posted by Andrew Sacher | April 4, 2014 2:36 PM

"Please take a look at My American Heart, this dude's old band.
http://nighttimes.com/images/MyAmericanHeart.jpg"

Brian played in this band back around '05 when he was 16 or 17. Seems a bit of a reach to hold that against him in 2014...

Posted by Tom Ackerman | April 4, 2014 3:56 PM

to be fair Brian was only in my American heart for a short while. Weatherbox >>>>>>>>> my American heart by a billion light years.

Posted by Carbon12 | April 4, 2014 6:22 PM

This song stretched my face into a smile as if it wer more real than any self improvement podcast in the universe.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2014 6:52 PM

"Sorry for the splash" - R Kelly

Posted by R. Kelly | April 4, 2014 7:19 PM

"I'm keeping my promise by not saying anything negative about this music or the author of this post. It's not easy."

Shut up anon! We get it. You grew up in the suburbs and through out high school you saw all the punk kids having fun, so you decided to take a writing class and better express your pretentious elitist non having fun self through writing. I don't care for this music but I don't go out of my way to tell the world I hold my tongue for this stuff...

How about instead go vibe out with your infinitely cooler friends instead of wasting time on Stereogum. Oh that's right you don't have friends and you're proud of that! You're a HipsterElitistWannabe and I'm the HipsterElitistKiller, and you've just been destroyed social media right here, right now

Posted by HipsterElitistKiller | April 5, 2014 4:25 PM

^ tl, sweetheart. Sorry you're so upset.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2014 4:51 PM

this band rules. fuck the haters.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2014 5:11 PM

oo this is magnific

Posted by Fellows | May 8, 2014 6:31 AM

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