Post-rock band Fairweather have released their new EP, Deluge, through Equal Vision Records. Recorded at guitarist Ben Green’s Washington D.C. studio, Ivakota, and partially at vocalist Jay Littleton’s studio in Houston, Deluge is Fairweather’s first new music since their self-titled album in 2014.
The band has also shared a short film for the track “No Safe Corners.” The stunning black-and-white video was made in collaboration with visual artists Raul Zahir De Leon, Jonathan Howard, and Marissa Long to interpret the lyrics of the song. Sonically, the track revolves around a strange and dissonant guitar lead that leans on a sense of lingering with no real end. Thematically that is the panic of not feeling safe or able to find shelter or solace.
On the emotional story behind writing “No Safe Corners”, Tsouras explains:
“My mother died a year ago this week after battling dementia for over a decade. In the beginning, she was constantly fighting. She would struggle to hold onto any part of herself that was familiar, while at the same time being confronted with something that was unfamiliar and terrifying. She thought if she could just try harder and pretend nothing was happening, then it would go away. But in her case, it wasn’t self preservation. What she was really trying to hold onto was the weight she carried for the rest of us, and was afraid she couldn’t protect us anymore if this overcame her, or that we wouldn’t trust her if we found out she couldn’t keep up. She didn’t want to let go of our burdens she carried for us.
The lyrics are a conversation. They are what I imagine her to be saying to herself in those early days of the disease. This is a time when she still had some sense of control and autonomy but could tell things were changing. It’s the idea that you know something is wrong, but you can’t tell what it is and you’re terrified you’ll be letting everyone down if they find out. Nothing is familiar. No safe corners.”
Orders for Deluge can be made via Equal Vision Records
First breaking onto the music scene in 1999, today Fairweather starts their next chapter with the announcement of their new EP, Deluge, set for release June 24th on long-time label home Equal Vision Records. Recorded at guitarist Ben Green’s Washington D.C. studio, Ivakota, and partially at vocalist Jay Littleton’s studio in Houston, Deluge is Fairweather’s first new music since their self-titled album in 2014. Rounding out the band’s lineup is guitarist Peter Tsouras, drummer Shane Johnson, and Ben Murphy moves to third guitar as the band welcomes Nick Barkley (Olympia) on bass.
The first taste of Deluge comes with “Untethered”, a six-minute and a half long song boasting a powerful mix of post-rock and alternative, a clear shift from the band’s punk-centered past. Littleton’s vocals glitter above the pummeling pace, almost untouched by the tumult below him. The video captures an extraordinary studio-performance from the band that is sure to have fans itching for a live show.
Speaking further on the EP and “Untethered”, guitarist Peter Tsouras commented:
“As a band, we’ve never been constrained by the need to recreate a previous album. Part of our writing process is finding a way to re-envision our parts without worrying about their sum. In contrast with our last record, which was intended as a collection of straightforward declarations of raw energy, the songs for what would become Deluge were more ornate in their form. As the opening track of the record, Untethered is its standard-bearer. There are discrete lines of melody threading through the dirge-like pace of the song, which we really sought to exploit with the latest iteration of the band. With three guitar players, we wanted to play with the front-to-back depth of these songs – the opening chord structure acts as an introduction for each of us in a way, as three distinct themes enter before the vocals. Lyrically, it is a mourning of something lost, a procession into the unknown. The melodies waver between uplifting and threatening, and the themes of tension and release continue though the nearly 7 minute song. This is the heaviest music we’ve ever written, and yet the most beautiful and harmonically dense. The result is something vast, maybe cinematic, but at times feels intimate, and even fragile.”
Deluge is available now for pre-order through Equal Vision Records.