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.
Singer/ Songwriter and Founding member of The Weather Machine
In 2012, singer songwriter Slater Smith left Willamette University with a degree in Political Science in one hand, his guitar in another. Instead of returning to his roots in the mountains of Sisters Oregon, this 23-year-old prolific songwriter moved to Portland to establish a band that goes by the name The Weather Machine. Smith’s style is an eclectic mix of folk and rock. “It’s as if Josh Ritter and the Killers had a love child,” Smith says with a laugh. The overall result is a fun sound with intriguing, smart lyrics that will stay with you.