Jokingly nicknamed “nice emo boys,” Weathered has taken the label and run with it to carve out their own indie/emo niche – a niche that is more than willing to be your friend. The four Minnesota natives put ambient instrumentals behind beautifully clean vocals and ask the audience to put their own interpretation to each song. Put your own meaning to Weathered’s music by naming your price for their brand new EP Downtime on Bandcamp.
For Fans Of: Taking Back Sunday, Balance & Composure, Brand New
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by Ashley Aron
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Christian Rasmussen- Bass
Alec Panchyshyn – Drums
Jon Bumhoffer- Guitar
Justin Hieb- Vocals/Guitar
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
We’re all from very different places (Michigan, Ohio, and various parts of Minnesota), but we call Mankato, Minnesota, our home.
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
Jon and Justin met in the fall of 2011 and have been writing music together ever since. About a year later, they met Zach and not long after they met Christian. For the last year or so, we have been playing shows and writing songs under the name Weathered.
How have you grown since you started?
Our sound has changed a lot. We started out pretty generic but the more comfortable we became with each other and the more we played together, the more we came into our own sound.
What sets you apart from other bands?
I think that we are ourselves and we just sound like us. We aren’t really worried about fitting into a certain scene or genre or anything. Not saying that other bands do that, but we’re just ourselves and I think that makes us unique.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
From the beginning, it has been about playing shows and making music with our friends and that has not changed. That is the best part about being in this band. Playing music, eating food, and hanging out with your friends.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Brand New, Pentimento, The Hotel Year, Citizen, Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Dashboard Confessional, and Tiny Moving Parts.
What would you say the band has already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
Jon moved to Minnesota from Michigan and Justin moved from Ohio. We didn’t really know anyone but now after the last two years or so we feel like we’ve really sprouted into the MN music scene. That is a huge achievement for us. The next big thing is recording more music and touring out East. More than anything I think we just want to meet more people.
And I’m getting to a point where I kinda don’t dread it. I want to be a confident adult because it’s no longer acceptable (and it shouldn’t be) for me to be shy or want to procrastinate. Just something I’ve been thinking about as I become more involved with my community and meeting new peers.
in 9th grade i was getting picked on in class and this girl was like “fuck you guys leave him alone” and called me over to her seat and I was like “thx lol” and she was like “I have something special to show you don’t tell the teacher” and I said “ok” and she pulled a guinea pig out of her purse
He’s a genius
Unfortunately. I mean not everyone likes every type of music. But I still felt like a pretentious person for leaving the headliner. I defended this action because I was in the front and not into it (which looked bad to the band, I’m sure) and I was taking up a space that could have been taken up by a fan.
Man…now I know what kind of music I really don’t like…I think it’s a first for me.The more that I think about this, the more I realize that this was my first bad show experience. Not because of the music, but because of the people. Guys standing right in front of me (even though I’m significantly shorter), people not scooting over when I patted them on the back, and then the public displays of affection. I felt like a lot of people didn’t know show etiquette (again, pretentious). Then I have to think, maybe I just felt this way because of the genre of music (it’s a genre I don’t normally seek), and maybe these people had their own etiquette that I just didn’t understand…or maybe there were just some bad seeds on the crowd. Ho hum…
and the baseball posts have begun…
Anonymous asked: is it ever too late to become a part of a local music scene? I've been meaning to for years, and I'm finally working on being less shy/my social anxiety, but I feel so out of place when I try and go to shows..
That is not unnormal. There are a lot of different parts to it that all come down to you. I would say never feel obligated to be a part of it. The more and more I interact with scenes across the country the more I can understand people not wanting to go to shows. Whether it’s folks holier-than-thou posturing, or the scene is too white/male/cis/straight/young/old, or the just general vibe of the shows is less welcoming to folks who like to observe. ‘You don’t always need to think that your feeling out of place is actually your fault’ is what I am trying to say.
But yeah either way if it’s something you wish to overcome, my advice to a shy peep would be: Be open with your feelings of discomfort as to make people aware that you wish to be more involved in on goings/conversations, if you know maybe one person at a show ask if it’s cool to tag along before just tagging along, skip over surface level conversation ASAP, if you know nobody bring a friend or introduce yourself to the person organizing the show (maybe they can introduce you to peeps). Bringing another awkward friend and being hermits can be fun. Just convince yourselves you are cooler than everyone there and laugh at fools. Honestly being open/honest/comfortable with your feelings makes all the difference in being comfortable in spaces that aren’t actively alienating you. I know that’s kind of obvious and that being comfortable with your body is the hardest part but don’t be afraid to be vulnerable in front of people. Makes things less awkward, you connect quicker, clears the air.