Premiere: Perth alt-pop gem Bad Weather shows his strengths with Caring Is Cool
The Perth musician has blossomed into an incredibly exciting act to watch, thanks to singles throughout the last few years.
There's something about Bad Weather that makes us know that he's going to be an incredibly exciting act to watch in the near-future.
The Perth-based musician is someone we were initially introduced to earlier this year with the release of All I Know, an exciting beginning to his 2021 that seemed to capture the musician hitting a newfound stride and with it, hit an exciting new musical peak within his career. "There are comparisons with The 1975's Matt Healy or even perhaps a less R&B-indebted Rex Orange Country to be made, but Bad Weather really stands on his own; the combination of sounds he builds from being the intersection of his own personal tastes, and the wide-ranging versatility that shines amongst it," we said, introducing the project.
The single seemed to perfectly fit the trajectory he was carving for himself, building upon his earlier singles in the years prior to create something really quite captivating with All I Know, making his mark as a brilliant addition to Perth's off-kilter pop world. Now, we're stoked to say that Bad Weather has made it two for two in 2021 thus far, making a return - and further showcasing those strengths - with the release of Caring Is Cool, which premieres on Pilerats today ahead of its official release on Friday, July 16th.
Caring Is Cool seems like the perfect piece for the puzzle Bad Weather is creating through his work; the project - led by Callum Robertson - bringing together the sonic and cultural influences of his background through slick songwriting and production, which this time around, moves with a slightly different energy to All I Know before it. On the surface level, things are a little more electronic this time around, creating a contrast between dizzying synth and more acoustic, bare-boned organic instrumentation that thrives amongst Callum's vocals.
In those vocals, however, is where Caring Is Cool gets most of its applause. It's a tender and intimate look into the mind of Bad Weather, exploring the nuances of a break-up and the shared emotions between that and a lot of other things happening in the world around him right now. "It’s about a lot of different things. I had a conversation with someone at one of my shows about their experience with a breakup. While our experiences were very different, I think I found solace in hearing someone else’s story and being on the other side," he says on the single.
"I think nowadays it’s so easy to forget to do the small things in life that don’t cost anything," he continues. "Life is so fast-paced and with this song, I wanted to highlight that and remind people that the act of caring, listening and supporting people is really important."
As mentioned, Caring Is Cool doesn't officially come out 'til this Friday, but until then, you can take a dive into the track below, as it premieres on Pilerats a few days early. Beyond that, there's plenty more to come too, including a launch show at Four5Nine Bar on August 27th, with special guests and more information to come - you can find tickets here.