There was a song on Bad Weather California's 2009 full-length, Young Punks, called “Let's Get High” that I listened to, according to my iTunes play count, 123 times. I've always had a soft spot for the Denver rambling men, whose sound is reminiscent of road trips, drive-in movies, Americana, and dignified, intelligent alt-punk. It's got that country swirl without the annoying twang, but it beats on mildly and with nuanced sophistication.
With Bad Weather California's Fire Talk debut, they'll be releasing a four-song cassette and digital output that has the track “Keep It Together” featured below. It exemplifies exactly what I initially loved about Bad Weather California. They're polite and undistorted but with a layer of history beneath them that feels rooted in road-heavy tunes from years yonder. The highlight of this song is the vocal yipping and hollow-bodied guitar sound that will fit perfectly on a cassette release. You can preorder that tape through Fire Talk here before it releases on August 14. Catch the band at the dates below, floating down the American open road.
15 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive ^#
16 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre ^#
17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court ^#
18 – Boise, ID – The Crux ^#
19 – Portland, OR – The Know ^
20 – Sacramento, CA – Rock n Roll University ^
21 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill ^#
22 – Visalia, CA – Cellar Door ^#
23 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar
24 – San Diego, CA – The Void^#
25 – Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space ^
26 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister ^