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Bad Weather California’s new LP Sunkissed, is their 2nd full length album and debut for Akron/Family’s Family Tree Records label. The album was recorded in Detroit at the home studio of engineer Chris Koltay, produced by A/F guitarist/singer Seth Olinsky. Sunkissed is being released by Family Tree February 21, 2012.

Sunkissed is like a 65 Impala convertible driving down the road where the minutemen, Meat Puppets and early Flaming Lips shake hands with your parents’ classic rock record collection, the spirit of Juju master King Sunny Ade look at you in the rear view mirror. It’s the soundtrack to a Summer party that’s always happening around the corner.

Bad Weather California are four west coast weirdos making feel-good true-energy rock music out in the desert mountains, a punk band for the new millenia. Raised on the alt music they discovered in Thrasher magazine and gas powered generator shows in the small desert town where they grew up, they have spent the past seven years playing, touring, and searching the floors they slept on for those same feelings and sounds. Looking for them on their dusty old four tracks or alternately threatening to just plain fall apart from them right in front of your eyes at one of their legendary Denver house shows. Chris from BWC explains “as a kid, I used to have this intense nervous feeling when I would go watch punk bands play. Like anything might go down. Like it was unstable. I’m looking for that again. Striving for it.”


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“We met BWC in the Winter of 2009 when we played with them at a sports bar in Vail, Colorado. I actually missed the BWC show that night but hung out after our set, made friends with all the guys in the band, and they gave me a copy of their record Young Punks. We listened to it compulsively driving around Colorado that week in our rental van, entranced by the Studio One-style backing vocals and sun-drenched West African guitars. When we returned to play Denver later that week, we asked them to play with us at the Bluebird Theater. Standing outside in the street in front of the venue Chris filled me in on the groups’s history: playing house shows all over through the West; hosting shows at home in his hometown of Grand Junction; serving as backing band for Daniel Johnston, Adrian Orange/Thanksgiving, and Jason Anderson; releasing the first Dirty Projectors record, making the covers by hand (later they considered selling the last of these on Ebay to fund the record. HA!); leading sing-alongs at the DMCA, and (my personal favorite), playing a wedding at James Turrel’s still-unopened land sculpture. “Roden Crater!”

“I stayed in touch with Chris, and when it came time for them to make a new record, he sent me the demo for the song “Stand In My Sunshine.” I listened on my phone in the kitchen and, even with only one working speaker, I instantly knew I wanted to be involved. We went to Detroit in Fall 2010 to record with engineer Chris Koltay (Akron/ Family, Dirtbombs, Lotus Plaza, Liars, Lower Dens) in his studio, located in a former liquor store down the street from the old Tigers Stadium. I think we tracked 18 or 19 songs while we were there in only 5 days - I can’t remember exactly. BWC is incredibly prolific!

“The whole album emerged as an unintentional song-cycle revolving around the theme of the Sun, but not the Sun Ra pyramid mystical paradigm, but the sun that shines on you as you’re on your way to the beach, or sneaking out of class to smoke with your friends. This is no childish record about running around in the woods and being kids forever, though, this is actually a pretty real record, one that speaks to you as if you were there, or it noticed your light on at 9pm on a Friday night and calls to invite you to walk around the streets together all night looking for something to do. Bad Weather says their music is like “a soundtrack to a made up movie about the summer you spent skateboarding, discovering drugs, going to the beach, falling in love”.

“After the Detroit sessions, the group took the tapes back to Denver and re-imagined it even further. I had been hoping Sunkissed would marry Detroit Low End to Denver High End, and listening to the final masters I see, I imagined it right. The album manages to hit and drift, clear but still magical. Don’t take my word for it; call your friends on a landline, pick them up in your car, and take a 32 minute drive to the beach or the local skate spot and hear it for yourself. And then find yourself listening again on the way home.” - Seth Olinsky



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