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Weather Is Happening [Mar. 6th, 2008|10:44 pm]
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Weather Is Happening is a band from Wichita, though members of the band have ties to Iowa City as well. They played at The Picador in Iowa City Tuesday March 4th in a stellar lineup of bands you've never heard of -- Foul Tip (2/3 of The Tanks), Dimas Lemus, and Lwa.

Weather Is Happening is fronted by Dan Davis, whose older brother Matt Davis was the prime mover in the band Vida Blue/Ten Grand, a much loved local band with a regional following. Matt died of an aneurysm a few years ago. I'm sure Dan probably doesn't always want to be compared to Dan, but he's every bit as brilliant. Dan used to front a straight edge band, but said that WIH is a lot more 'fun.'

Live recording http://www.cornwarning.com/xfer/WeatherIsHappening-Picador-03042008.mp3

WIH is a staggeringly, searingly loud band, but their songwriting is top-notch for the style. There's an obvious Husker Du influence, but they're also a bit math-rocky without being annoying about it. They manage to be monumental and elegiac. They seem to find something of great reverence to worship in their big amps and arrays of stomp boxes.

I don't know if there's a band like this in every city or if WIH is as special as they seem to me because I lead a sheltered life. Being a midwestern chauvinist I like to think there's something unique about Iowa and its surrounding states -- bands like WIH find a middle way between the careerist cynicism you find on the West Coast or the assholes on the make atmosphere you'll find in NYC. They're the sort of band who devotes enormous energy, inspiration and hard work to their music, and you'll find them out on tour in a crummy van, playing for beer, gas money and a warm floor to crash out on.

But hearing people like this do their thing is pure excitement for me. They won't probably ever be major-label famous -- their music is too loud and messy. They'd make the teenagers on TRL cry. But I believe they'll earn the respect and appreciation from a more discerning audience.

[User Picture]From: colorless_pixel
2008-03-08 03:22 pm (UTC)

The drummer is Joe Ross who is orginally from sioux city. He moved to Wichita around 2yrs ago to join this band and it tickles the hell out of me that you are reviewing them!!! They are super talented and Joe is a fantastic drummer. I love it!
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