Sweatshirt Weather – Getting By EP
Record Label: None
Release Date: July 5, 2011
Another pop band fit for summer, Sweatshirt Weather have an ear for upbeat tunes and infectious melodies. Sure, their music may not be top notch lyrically, musically, or vocally, but it is catchy and fun, which seems to be all they wish to accomplish anyway. Having a similar feel to Forever The Sickest Kids and other acts in the genre, Sweatshirt Weather seem to have a pretty solid foundation for what they want to do here – Getting By with some fun poppy tunes.
Chris Stewart kicks off “Be Someone” with his raw vocals on what is arguably the best vocal delivery on Getting By. Backed by nice guitar play, Stewart’s vocal delivery is enjoyable and easy to listen to, although not breaking any boundaries by any means. “Down On My Luck” is more or less a more pop version of Hit The Lights, although relying a bit much on the synth effects, which sound overused by the end of the track. Thankfully, “However We Can” redeems the former track as a soft piano melody is heard in the background, resulting in a soon to be fan favorite. “Midwestern Love” follows a similar formula to “However We Can,” only a bit more drawn out and uninspired, but “Open Up The Sky” keeps Getting By from sinking into the abyss, as this song proves the band saved the best for last.
After hearing the memorable highlight that “Open Up The Sky” attests to be, listeners may have mixed feelings about the band. The final track is a solid pop tune, making fans hope Sweatshirt Weather continue in this direction, yet tracks the middle tracks seem to fall short, as the band rely too much on effects and attempting to make catchy songs rather than focusing on the music and lyrics. As a result, it’s clear that Sweatshirt Weather do have potential, but until they can define their sound and gain originality, it is unknown when they will reach or even realize this potential.