Some things come as natural as the weather - that goes double for Ohio emo-punk outriders Northern Weather. The project formed in 2018 with the shifting winds. Lineup changes. Name changes. Hell, even genre changes. But what emerged? Nothing less than a breath of fresh air.
A Shade of Melancholy, the latest release out of Carved from Stone Records, is the debut studio album from Northern Weather. Equal parts profound and pissed-off, the album is a testament to the powerful trifecta of pop punk, melodic hardcore, and earnest midwestern emo.
“This album is us - unapologetic, hearts on our sleeves - talking about who we are and what we’ve experienced,” the band says. “These are songs about loss, about relationships and their ends, about rekindling friendship, about moving on, and about growing up.”
Part of that growing up you can blame on a global pandemic. After months of uncertainty, guitarist/vocalists Robert Keller and Alex Styles, bassist Garrett Kimmel and drummer Kevin Pees reunited with a newfound clarity on what Northern Weather would be.
“For as awful of a thing as COVID is, it really allowed us to hone in on ourselves as musicians and songwriters. When we resumed practicing, we all brought a lot to the table and solidified exactly what we wanted for a full-length album.”
In A Shade of Melancholy, you’ll find an album of damns. Feeling damn angry. Feeling damn sorry. And feeling really damn ready for the future of Northern Weather.
“Even though we’ve been a band for three years now, this is truly just the beginning for us,” the band says. “We hope everyone finds at least one song that resonates with them, something that connects them to the album. And we hope that everyone leaves anticipating what we come up with next.”
A Shade of Melancholy will be available early 2022. Listen to the first single, “Neal Says He’s a Viking,” now wherever you stream music.
Neal Says He's a Viking is available now via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and most digital music retailers.