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"Local Vocals"

Salt Lake City singer/pianist Sean Campbell and drummer Kerry Cockayne left their state of eccentricity and holiness and blasphemy and dryness, hooking up with bassist Zach Varnell and guitarists Tyler Pratt and Joe Yohann in this fare land. The result? Atmospheric piano crescendos, open range melodies, vast waves of sound that tap into The Cure's moodier moments and Sunny
Day Real Estate's emotions, after the fog lifted, they named it Weather.
Bobble Tiki, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma WA (1.26.05)
- Tacoma Volcano

"Weather, Rock's Salt Lake from Tacoma, WA"

In Spring 2003, Salt Lake City native Sean Campbell moved to Seattle and fell in love with Robert Smith. His group, Weather, had already signed a deal with Cake Records. However, upon hearing the call of Goth and pop's master mope through towering Pacific Northwest forests, Campbell scrapped 40 songs for a deeper groove. Calling Up My Bad Side is a debut album brimming with promise, the sort of record that might inspire others to sing songs about love, crashing on I-80 and the refusal to bow to someone else's version of a decent life.
Jamie Gadette, Salt Lake City Weekly (12.09.04) - Salt Lake City Weekly

"Calling Up My Bad Side"

Inside Connection Reviews 'Calling Up My Bad Side'
The layout of this digipack CD is what initially captured my attention. The color design and anatomical imagery are fantastic. When I first played the music, I expected something a little heavier, but as I let each song play and breathe, I found some excellent pieces of alternative-inspired rock.
The Cure apparently had a great influence on this band and it clearly shows. The songs are very emotion-driven and soft, with the smooth, crooning vocals adding an atmospheric touch. The singer also plays the piano, and he does both quite well. The other musicians are all equally adept and creative. I truly enjoy how simple yet melodic each song is. This proves that some of the best songs are not the most technical, but are the ones that can bring out your innermost emotions.
This band has enormous talent. As they continue to evolve they will have no problem breaking into the mainstream music scene. They did a great job with this CD, and I look forward to future releases.
- Michael A. Liguori
- Inside Connection

"Sounds rise above the generic"

Washington state newcomers Weather lie more on the emo side of indie, and on the resounding side of emo. The band's debut album, Calling Up My Bad Side (Cake), is full of big-sounding songs with rippling piano accents and springy bass-guitar hooks. The sound rises above the generic on songs like "Torn Man Down" and "Lie To Me," which have the kind of dramatic life-or-death urgency that slickly produced rock can sometimes do better than DIY... (11/30/05) - The Onion


Calling Up My Bad Side.Cake Records. Available now in store nation wide, and ITunes.
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Shortly after signing their record deal, Weather left their home in the Desert of Salt Lake City for the Forests of the Northwest, eager to make their first record and hit the road. But it wasn't that simple. Within weeks, two incidents befell the band; their guitarist and bassist quit and they heard The Cure for the first time. Shell-shocked, the remaining members of Weather responded by throwing out the 40 songs they had saved up and slowly rebuilding; finding a new band, a new sound, a new home, and new songs for the record.

The result is Calling Up My Bad Side, an album of pop-inflected Post-Radiohead Rock whose potent melodies and adventurous guitars sweep you up like the upswing of a depression. From rocking anthems to slow-burning confessionals, Weather's songs put a silver lining on their melancholy and a knowing smile on idle threats.

Weather places the piano at the center of a sea of atmospheric crescendos and exploding choruses and melody above all else. Determined to say what they mean and mean what they play, they deliver songs married to the band, playing to their own strengths, not their aspirations.

"We were so lucky. We went through so many changes this year and learned so much," says singer/pianist Sean Campbell. "The band got broken down to its bare essentials and had to come back from that by putting a lot more of ourselves into the music."

When Utah's Campbell and drummer Kerry Cockayne landed in Tacoma, WA, they took up residence at Spectre Studios to begin writing. There they met bassist Zach Varnell, himself a budding songwriter, and a pair of young guitarists, Tyler Pratt and Joe Yohann. Pratt and Yohann had been playing together since they were 15 and brought an incredible chemistry, already developed, to Campbell's new song ideas.

Working with Producers Evan Brubaker and Troy Glessner (aka The A-Team), Weather proceeded to work through new material drawing on bands like Interpol, The Cure, Sunny Day Real Estate and U2 for inspiration.