THE BAND’S CATCHY, PLAYFUL SONGS ARE REFRESHINGLY FREE OF HIPSTER CYNICISM, AND HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS WHAT THE BEACH BOYS MIGHT SOUND LIKE IF THEY’D BEEN RAISED IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ON A STEADY DIET OF JOHN HUGHES FILM SOUNDTRACKS, OR WHAT THE CARS MIGHT BE DOING IF THEY LIVED AT BIG PINK.
Although Astoria, Oregon is best known to multiple generations of pop-culture observers as the cinematic setting of the ‘80s cult classic The Goonies, the rugged riverfront city now has another distinction: as the home of the fab new pop-rock combo known as Holiday Friends. On its consistently uplifting debut album Major Magic, the spirited quintet—singer-guitarist Scott Fagerland and singer-keyboardist Jesse Wityczak, who share most of the band’s songwriting duties, plus Scott’s brother Jon Fagerland on guitar, keys and vocals, bassist Zack O’Connor and drummer Joey Ficken—deliver ten joyous new tunes that strike a decisive blow for the enduring values of infectious melodic hooks and emotional engaging lyrics.
On April Fools Day 2013, Portland-based project The Weather Machine released their first full-length album after a blustery winter of recording on the Oregon Coast. With its strong ties to the region, the band roots itself firmly in a Pacific Northwest folk aesthetic, but holds on tight to a hard-hitting love for alt-rock. The result is wonderfully hard to categorize – The Weather Machine has been compared to everything from The Kinks, to Josh Ritter and Hey Marseilles.
After a short six months of gigging, The Weather Machine quickly gained a reputation as one of Portland’s notable up-and-comers. In the summer of 2013 the band partnered with Oregon Film and Oregon State Parks to tour the entire state of Oregon, collecting footage for their debut ‘Back O’er Oregon’ music video. They released the song along with their B-side ‘Slow Dance Slow’ through Portland label Tender Loving Empire on December 3rd to coincide with the video’s release.
The Weather Machine began in earnest when singer/songwriter Slater Smith and guitarist Colin Robson met at an open-mic in Pacific City in March of 2012. The two decided to team up to record Smith’s songs at Robson’s then brand new studio, Kiwanda Sound Recordings. The two brought in bassist Jack Martin, cellist Matthew Cartimill, and drummer Tanner Smith (Slater’s brother) to bring body to the record. Since the album’s release, Corey Kintzi joined the roster as a second drummer, and the band began to develop an even more collaborative approach. The Weather Machine is currently writing their second album, and plans to release the sophomore full-length in the near future.