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Artist: The Fairweather Band (Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp)
Hailing from Exeter, England The Fairweather Band play a hybrid style of late '80s / early '90s influenced indie folk punk rock. The band's full-length debut Meow is a 13 song collection of off-kilter, short, songs that are catchy and poppy but not in a power chord, power pop kind of way. The guitar work is intricate, the lyrics are sometimes off-putting with their uncomfortable metaphors, the vocals have that perfect British every-man quality (like a modern-day Billy Bragg or Robyn Hitchcock), and the harmonies are spot on bringing added depth to the songs. The result is a wholly fulfilling and satisfying album though it might take a few listens for one to come to this conclusion, but that is not a bad thing. Some records take time. They take time to understand and appreciate and its that time and, for lack of a better term, effort that makes them that much more enjoyable. Meow is one such record. One great thing about this band is that even though their sound is almost instantly recognizable, it's rather difficult to specifically explain. In The Fairweather Band's music you'll hear hints of the Minutemen, Sebadoh, The Replacements, They Might Be Giants, and the aforementioned Billy Bragg and Robyn Hitchcock and even that description doesn't really do this band justice. I can't wait to see what this band does next.