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Album Review

Several factors act together to lower expectations for this band. For one thing, the press materials boast of the music's "relevance" (uh oh) and characterize Fairweather's sound as "immensely organic." Then there's the title of the album's opening track: "Derivative Opener" (oh, good — irony!). But then the utterly bizarre soundscape of that first song kicks in — it sounds like the drone of a bomber squadron at first; then like a brutally compressed string orchestra — and as those sounds continue to roll and moan underneath the song's weird six/eight beat and breathy, jangly melody, you gradually realize that what you're hearing are heavily treated electric guitars. At that point the song ends, and the rest of the album is just lots of good, plain old indie rock, complete with yearning melodies, messy guitars, and a boyish-voiced lead vocalist who sings with just a tantalizing hint of a fake English accent. It will come as no surprise that producer J. Robbins has previously worked with emo heartthrobs Promise Ring and Jets to Brazil, and anyone who feels an affinity for that side of the indie world will resonate immediately with Fairweather, especially such standout tracks as the anthemic "Slow to Standing" and "Burn Bridges Keep Warm." Recommended.


Formed: 1999 in Virginia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Straight from the small suburbs of Virginia is the emocore band Fairweather, and after supporting dates for the Juliana Theory, the Stryder, and Dashboard Confessional, they have converted themselves into one of the new millennium's brightest bands in the indie circuit. They cite New Order, the Cure, and Sunny Day Real Estate as influences and such potency is found on their debut, If They Move...Kill Them, released in February 2001. More touring followed its release, and the band returned in late...
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