Weatherbox
Flies In All Directions


4.0
excellent

Review

by Conor Dalgarno USER (7 Reviews)
July 4th, 2014 | 23 replies


Release Date: 05/13/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you want a revolution, well that's alright with me.

I don’t really know much about Weatherbox. I learned of the band when I fell in love with ‘The Clearing’ off their debut album, ‘American Art’. Despite becoming somewhat obsessed with this one song (to the point where I designed a photoshop piece in inspiration of it, featuring a T-Rex, for reasons that still escape me) I never really gave the rest of the album a chance. If it’s anywhere near as good as ‘Flies In All Directions’, the bands third album, then that was a massive mistake.

Ironically the same thing almost occurred with this newest album; the fourth track on the LP, ‘Bathin’ In The Fuss’, is fantastic. It’s been played over and over again on my iPod and has swiftly become one of my favourite songs of 2014. It’s an optimistic track musically with bright and springy notes floating in over the top of monotonous drum work that brings to mind memories of revolution and marching rallies; something reflected in the lyrics. Despite the optimistic nature of the instrumentals, lead singer Brian Warren rolls out surprisingly non-cloying lyrics about revolution, the state of Weatherbox, and even a snippet of French that was a popular rallying cry for decadent French poets. The song barely lets up, the drums roll on and on and Brian drops line after line of very self-aware music that reminded me somewhat of Max Bemis’s efforts on ‘Hebrews’. It’s the best song on the album, and one of the best of the year.

Thankfully, I managed to drag myself away from ‘Bathin’ In The Fuss’ and check out the rest of the album this time. The rest of the album reflects what I assume to be typical Weatherbox fare; Brian’s lyrics are consistently inventive and inviting, rarely giving up the full story upon first listen and in some cases, such as on the track ‘The Devil And Whom’, not upon second or even third listen. This is at heart a pop/rock album, but it’s simply so much smarter than most that reside in the genre. Instrumentals are mixed up and multiple songs eschew the typical song structure that pervades the genre, the lyrics as mentioned are varied and clever, and even when you seem to have a song figured out, it’s often capable of shifting direction unexpectedly. Penultimate track ‘The Last White Lighter’ is particularly good at this. Brian’s voice comes through as barely a whisper, crackling with electronic influences and supported by so-quiet-it’s-barely-there instrumentals. By the mid-point of the song, it sounds Queen-esque, and by the end, it could be mistaken for an upbeat punk song.

Weatherbox achieve this consistently throughout the album. It’s inventive, it’s clever, and it’ll pleasantly surprise you with a change of direction or lyrics that simply beg to be heard again and again. That’s not to say every song follows this idea; ‘Pagan Baby’ and ‘Radio Hive’ are pretty typical rock songs, solid, not spectacular, and closer ‘Love Me A Good Microcosm’ is beautiful but nothing musically you’ve not heard before. The closer does its job marvellously though, and by the time Brian is repeating “Oh yeah it's time to go home” at the end of the track, well, you won’t want to.

Is it the best album I've ever heard? No. But in a genre dominated largely by monotony, it's a welcome and intelligent breath of fresh air. ‘Bathin’ In The Fuss’ will inevitably dominate my playtime for the next few days – but this time I’m determined more than ever to continue to roll the entire album, because it certainly warrants the playtime.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2014


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad this got a review. Band definitely reminds me of say anything at times

Digging: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

DyingAtheist
July 4th 2014


126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was pretty surprised it didn't have one yet. Seems like the kind of band that'd be somewhat loved by Sputnik.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2014


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah there's a lot of stuff being overlooked lately. Haven't had the chance to read this yet but will later tonight :D

Calc
July 4th 2014


12366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whoo so late

Hospital
July 16th 2014


2065 Comments


Whoa I didn't know a new weatherbox album was released, Will definitely give this some attention

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2014


10382 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Fucking killer

Digging: Thou - Heathen

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
July 27th 2014


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review it?

Hospital
July 27th 2014


2065 Comments


Would love an omaha review on this

ashcrash9
July 30th 2014


399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"... the third track on the LP, ‘Bathin’ In The Fuss’..."

Isn't it the fourth track? Otherwise, great review. I particularly love The Fresh Prints, Ghost Malls, Kickflips, and Microcosm.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2014


10382 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Lol I'd love to review this guys but I got other shit to review first. Been swamped with summer classes (which are the worst idea ever tbqh)

Calc
July 30th 2014


12366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

BRAAAAAAHHHMATROONNN!!!!!

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2014


10382 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

lol why calc

DyingAtheist
July 30th 2014


126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Ashcrash

Yes, yes it is, changed!

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2014


10382 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Maybe my AOTY.

kmace
August 12th 2014


159 Comments


"Bathin' in the Fuss" stood out to me on first listen too and is definitely my favorite. This is a pretty sweet record overall although the closer kinda annoys me the way its sung. Good review.

paradox1216
September 4th 2014


521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought I was crazy hearing the say anything influence on this, but I guess I'm not

like if max bemis and bob nanna had a kid, the vocals here are what would result. and it's awesome

scottpilgrim10
September 4th 2014


4443 Comments


This is definitely interesting, but I'd say it's a flawed record.

The vocals remind me of Max Bemis

paradox1216
September 4th 2014


521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"bring us the head of weatherbox" in particular could be a say anything song

protonjon
September 11th 2014


95 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

'American Art' has some great songs, but this is a superior album.
I'd be surprised if a better record is released this year.

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treefingered2
September 13th 2014


183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

jeez this is wonderful! why dont mor people know about this?



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