The New Weather Machine was born in 2008 from songs written by Jon Martin during a break from his previous band. These songs became the debut from The New Weather Machine (December 2008), which was written, performed, and recorded by Jon at his home over the course of a year. In early 2009 a one off band was assembled to perform the album for the record launch. The success of the show lead Jon to continue with the band, who has subsequently continued to perform across Western Canada.
The dynamic and engaging four-piece band features Jon Martin on guitar and vocals, Jason Oakes on guitar, Jesse Northey on bass, and Clayton Smith on drums. The progressive alternative rock groundwork laid on The New Weather Machine LP is expanded on and enhanced by the band’s chemistry, intensity, passion, and forward approach to live performance.
The band is currently recording a follow-up album (TBA 2012), which will feature legendary studio drummer Kenny Aronoff. “The next album will move further into the experimental rock side of the musical spectrum. All live gigs we’ve been doing have been influencing the songs and pushing my writing in a new direction,” says Martin, “The band has been sounding great and I want to move into musical territory that is artistically challenging, but still accessible and enjoyable.”
Influences cover a wide range of artists such as David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Clash, The Stones, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Wilco, Black Sabbath, My Morning Jacket, and T.Rex. Jon has shared the stage with members of the original Guns n‘ Roses, Steven Tyler of Aerosmtih, and Roger Daltrey of The Who.
When he is not working on music for The New Weather Machine, Jon studies music at The University of Lethbridge, produces, mixes, and records other artists and bands. He is also the Photo Editor for the weekly independent newspaper The Meliorist and explores visual art. He is an active AES member with a strange fascination with the creation of music and sounds, microphones, compressors, preamps, and the art of recording.