Perth up and coming alt-pop act Bad Weather have been making waves in their short time on the scene so far. The group, lead by songwriter and producer Callum Robertson (formerly the lead guitarist of The Faux), are already making big impressions. Despite having only been on the scene for a year, Bad Weather are already packing out venues with passionate loyal fans singing along to the four singles already released.
How does it feel to play a show and have fans singing your lyrics back to you so early on in the bands career?
It's amazing! It feels really good that people are connecting with the songs and enjoying them. I've only released 4 singles so far and the fact that people are spending any time or money to listen to my music and come to a show means a lot to me!
Bad Weather draw from a wide range of influences, all the way from Michael Jackson, to the 1975, to M83 and Bon Iver. Their unique combination brings to mind an 80’s movie soundtrack full of warm synths, bright drums and shredding guitars crossed with indie-emo vocals. This particular sound has them pegged as one of the “rising names” in the genre according to triple J presenter Dave Ruby-Howe on Twitter. Their momentum is only building with their latest release “Teenagers in Love” getting lots of praise and positive feedback on triple J, and lots of playtime on triple J unearthed.
Have you managed to catch your track on Unearthed radio while driving along in your car yet?
I haven't yet! I did manage to catch the first premier of 'Teenagers In Love' on Unearthed and that was super surreal but really cool.
If Bad Weather was a flavour of icecream, what would it be?
Great question! Maybe Neapolitan? I feel like that's not very exciting and I never usually opt for it, but it's got a bit of everything sort of like Bad Weather. Either that or Choc-Chip Cookie Dough cause that hits the spot every time!
Much like every other artist this year, lockdown has given Callum the opportunity to spend some time on his craft, which means there are new tunes on their way in the form of an EP to be released in early 2021. In the lead up to their debut EP, Bad Weather will be launching their first merch line with a show down at Sonar Room in Fremantle on Friday November 6th
What was isolation like for you and what did it mean for the bands music?
I think like a lot of people, it was a weird, new reality to adjust to. Having come off the back of regular shows and starting to build momentum, to suddenly have to self-isolate in your home was really strange and overwhelming. I used it as a time to knuckle down and write my debut EP and get better at producing! In hindsight it was actually a very productive, rewarding time for me!
Lastly, 'Teenagers in Love', what an epic track! Could you give us a little insight into the inspo behind this tune?
Thanks so much! Teenagers In Love is one of those songs that just falls into your lap and you have to run with it. I actually can't remember the writing process very well at all because it was a long time ago, but I do remember it happening really fast and not knowing whether it was one of my best songs ever or one of my worst! It all just sort of came out in the moment. I kind of like to have people put their own meaning to my songs! I think most people assume it's about a relationship, which is totally fair but I think it's just about being in love with anything whether that be a person, a time or a place. It's about going through an experience you get totally lost in.
Listen to Bad Weather’s latest single 'Teenagers In Love' below.
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