The Weather Machine, Mbrascatu, The Bevelers

The Weather Machine

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 moths 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 plan to rerelease 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 Kitzi 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.

Mbrascatu

Mbrascatu is a fusion of the cobbled streets and cafés of the Old World and the creative melting pot of Portland. The band is a group of talented musicians that draw from very different musical backgrounds to create a unique blend of sounds encompassing European and American roots.

Since the formation of the band, back in 2010, Mbrascatu, has performed extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest delighting many at the hottest music venues, outdoor festivals, bars, clubs and local radio stations.

If you are not one of the lucky explorers who has already discovered the magic of this band’s music, stop reading, hit play, and submerge yourself in the first song before reading any further. The band features impressive vocals, fantastic arrangments, making surprising use of banjo, ukelele, lap steel, viola, violin, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, and exhilarating drumming. The rhythm, which can be portentous, energetic and catchy, sometimes all at the same time, will get you dancing, the singing will resonate in your chest and the strings and drums will carry you away. Listen loud people!!

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The Weather Machine, Mbrascatu, The Bevelers

Friday, July 12 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Secret Society