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What a time to be making music. The pandemic has been ravaging the world for the last few months, politics are starting to boil over and the music scene itself has been effectively shut down for the foreseeable future. The lockdown, at first, was tough to get used to but in the end, it was a much needed break from the grind of real life and the lads in Whatever Weather, based out of Glasgow, Scotland, have been using this time to their benefit.

Although the negatives usually outweigh the positives in your mind, music is the perfect outlet to let these feelings out because the music scene is one of the only places where there is limited judgement but exponential support

“Lockdown has given us a good opportunity to regroup and work on new music; re-polishing everything and seeing what we can improve on,” shares vocalist Toby Kelly-Simpson. “We’re definitely going in a different direction stylistically and it’s sounding a lot more natural than anything we’ve worked on in the past.”

Formed in 2019, the pop punkers just released a stripped back track, “Nobody Said,” taking the pandemic head on and showing it who is really the boss when it comes to their music. The song was recorded a day before the lockdown went into effect, which looking back on might have been initially hindering, but overall a good learning experience. Prior to recording, they hadn’t practiced the song at all and they underestimated the recording process. Now, with that under their belt, they can make more comfortable moves in the future and they are striking while the iron is hot, due to release a new song soon, “The Peach Scene.”

“The Peach Scene” is about the encompassing fear and uncertainty that tends to come along with a first ever experience of falling for someone of the same-sex,” reflects Kelly-Simpson. “It was written about a movie, but I’d say it’s loosely based on my own experiences when I first came out and battled through my own worries and other people’s opinions about it.”

These personal experiences are often tough for anyone to come to terms with, especially in such a “public” way. It’s scary to think about how people may or may not take your words and thoughts and twist them into hate. Although the negatives usually outweigh the positives in your mind, music is the perfect outlet to let these feelings out because the music scene is one of the only places where there is limited judgement but exponential support. Sadly, the music scene is on hold and determining when it’s safe to have live shows again is up-in-the-air. But, rest assured, when it comes back, there will be a tidal wave of support ready to strike.

We’re just a small band having a good time with what we love and any support is super important to us

“We’re hoping to get back to the plan we had to venture down to England for some gigs!” excitedly shares Kelly-Simpson. “For the most part, the focus is mainly gonna be on recording and writing, but we’re definitely excited to get back to playing shows!” 

Even though the band was formed just a year ago, they have started making waves in the UK. Unfortunately there’s only so much a band can do during the pandemic lockdown, but it also allows them to focus on their music and growth. Sadly, the live music scene is on hold and determining when it’s safe to have live shows again is up-in-the-air. But, rest assured, when it comes back, there will be a tidal wave of support ready to strike.

“Thank you for taking the time to read this, and if you’ve checked out our music, that means the world too!” shares Kelly-Simpson. “We’re just a small band having a good time with what we love and any support is super important to us.”

“Nobody Said” is out now. Connect with Whatever Weather : Facebook | Spotify

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