The modern age demands the arrival of the next moment. Our attention swivels frantically to its subsequent object. It’s easy to ignore the elemental and fundamental aspects of the world we inhabit. Things like love, hatred, the weather, and Brooklyn rockers The Aberdeen.
“The Weather Song” heralds a new era for the band, one as novel as it is familiar. After dabbling in shadowy, spacey tones, this release sees a return to a bouncier, sunnier, and splashier world, but one that is by no means free of dark skies.
Lyricist and vocalist Jon Bray takes hold of universal concepts and forces the listener to remember them. “All that matters is my last mistake”, he laments in the song’s opening line. “How can I escape the constant rate of the latest?”
“It’s a breakup song, but between more than two lovers,” says Bray. “I think there’s a general sense that we’re losing control of something, and that we tend to blame that sense of control on the closest target. Whether that’s a romantic partner, or the color of the sky, isn’t the issue. It’s what we can do, if anything, to grab hold of the wheel again.”
Guitarist Blake Mizrahi, who named the song, layers bedrock of distortion beneath clouds of tones. “I wanted to recall our earlier works without looking over my shoulder.” Rhythm heroes Max Berdik and Mike Palmieri keep it simple. The listener will wish they had been in the room where this storm was formed.
Someone once said you can never go home again. But they lacked imagination. And membership in a brotherhood of angsty, over-informed, and well-intentioned rockers who know that what goes around does, in fact, come around.
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“The Weather Song” releases on all streaming platforms on Thursday, September 28. It was recorded and mixed by Jake Sheriff of Paper Moon Records, and mastered by Calbi / Fallone @ Sterling Sound.