Poor Weather Club was a Minneapolis industrial post-punk formed by Cody Bourdot, Christian Petty, and Matt Lily in 2008. Escondido was their only release before breaking up in 2010. For related martial, see The Blackthorns s/t 2006 CD also for sale on CDbaby.
Poor Weather Club: Escondido (City Pages CD Review)
By Loren Green Wednesday, May 5 2010
"Folk music is known for its historic ties, its constancy in changing times, and its sense of time and place. Poor Weather Club is a three-piece hell-bent on changing this. Their gothic Americana draws a clear historic influence, but the addition of a drum machine and their ambivalence toward traditional song structures give them an eerie and ambient twist. "Malpais" starts the record with a minute of spooky bass and repetitive drum before singer Christian Thaddeus Petty's wavering and haunting vocals begin. While Petty's voice is distinct and adds dramatic flair, it's the steady progressions from bassist Cody Bourdot that set the tone and drive their melodies forward throughout Escondido. Both Petty and Bourdot previously played in the Blackthorns, and Poor Weather Club share many similarities with their previous band. The biggest difference, however, is the electronic soundscape that, on paper, appears blasphemous to the type of music being played. Instead, Party Central's beats (ex-Woodcat) add a dreamy quality, as they are mixed so smoothly that the CD sounds like live instrumentation instead of a cold, heartless computer.
The album, with its sun-peeking-through-the-clouds cover, explores steady yet vulnerable emotion exemplified by the ebbs and flows of a daylong rainstorm. There are moments of clashing, loud explosions, and flickers of sunlight through the clouds, but mostly the band is content to bask in a calm, if troubled, state of minor keys. Every so often the songs reach an upbeat pinnacle, as in "Dove Song" or "Cinder," which utilizes more energetic beats and more dramatic vocals. After the louder, more dynamic aforementioned song, the band turns back to "It's Going to Be Alright," which, fittingly, draws its lyrical imagery from a rising storm. Instead of focusing on pop brevity and catchiness, the songs range from two to eleven minutes of methodical exploration, beginning with familiar musical tropes and turning them into something more contemporary and new."
Show review by Devil's Basement, 10/30/09
"Now that we know we can be easily wiped out…let’s mope for a moment. S.A.D. anyone? That stands for ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder,’ and if you’re one of the losers that needs something to constantly be wrong with you so you can beg for attention then I hope the sun never shines in your world again. Ever. Pull the trigger.
On that note, the boys in Poor Weather Club got together to see if they could remind us what it sounds like when thunderstorms and rainclouds sound more like a symphony than any sort of impending demise. Drum machines are pretty cool little devices if you know enough to make them do stuff…but they turn out to be violently AWESOME when you couple them with a guy like Matt Lily of PWC. I don’t think anyone in the room expected to hear the sounds he made come out of that table of electronics. Simply magnificent, I tell you.
Throw in the driving guitars and howling, haunting vocals of Christian Thaddeus Petty alongside a lock-step but spacious bass-captain named Cody Bourdot and you’ve got the innovation in music that Minneapolis should be known for on a National scale. Fuck the scenesters, fuck the hipsters, this is what emotion in music truly is. This is what I want to see when I get out to a show. Make me believe you when you sing. Make me believe you mean it.
The Poor Weather Club made a believer out of me.
I believe that when they step up in the club, they make it rain."