It would be reasonable if you thought Weatherbox imploded some time ago. After all, the San Diego band has cycled through more than a dozen members in its half-decade existence and has kept a relatively low profile since the release of their last LP, 2009’s The Cosmic Drama, and subsequent departure from Doghouse Records.
Frontman Brian Warren has since scaled that mountain and regrouped with a supporting cast that includes longtime friends (including two vintage Weatherbox members) and a new label, Youth Conspiracy Records. Together they will release Follow The Rattle of the Afghan Guitar, a six-song EP that brings you to the entrance of a tunnel, hands you a few matches, and shoves you into the dark.
Recorded this spring in multiple locations in California, Follow The Rattle of the Afghan Guitar finds Warren & Co. returning to the colossal pop-rock that made 2007’s American Art so likable, while keeping the frontman’s expanded lyrical ideas from the psych-folky Cosmic Drama intact.
Exploring themes of alienation, white privilege and the general insanity of our times, Follow The Rattle Of The Afghan Guitar is esoteric, challenging and thought-provoking, while still remaining hook-driven, innovative and exciting. The band hurls itself from a neutral space between pop and progressive, between vague and specific, ultimately leaving it up to the listeners to figure it out for themselves.
Weatherbox howls from the cave in some alien tongue, but the message is loud and clear.
Person L / Weatherbox Split EP Track List:
A1: Person L – OK
A2: Person L – Winter Clothes
B1: Weatherbox – Kickflips For Weeks
B2: Weatherbox – Two Seductresses
Feb 08 Mojoes Joliet, IL *
Feb 10 The Loft Madison, WI *
Feb 11 Station 4 St Paul, MN *
Feb 12 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA *
Feb 13 Jackpot Music Hall Lawrence, KS *
Feb 14 The Scene-ary Wichita, KS *
Feb 15 The Marquis Theater Denver, CO *
Feb 16 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT *
Feb 17 The Venue Boise, ID *
Feb 18 El Corazon Seattle, WA *
Feb 19 Branx Portland, OR *
Feb 21 The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA *
Feb 25 The Smell Los Angeles, CA
* = w/ The Dangerous Summer