New Weather Machine, moving forward

Initially, I started The New Weather Machine as a project/group/band/outlet to work on songs that I didn’t feel like I could elsewhere; it was a banner to perform under and a place where music could live. Under that banner, I played (what feels like) a boat load of shows with a bunch of great people, recorded a ton of music, released a small fraction of that music, and eventually figured out what the “sound” of the band was.

One thing I have always struggled with is having a broad-spectrum of interests. I like a lot of things, and, given the time or opportunity, I will try and do, make, or read just about anything interesting. Unfortunately, I am usually only able to pursue one in every fifty awesome things, as I perpetually run into the ever-present barrier of time or energy. Over the past few years, I’ve expanded what I’ve been doing musically quite a bit. Recently, I’ve been doing a lot more experimental electro-acoustic work and had the work performed at crazy places like Burning Man; I started a new band, Jon Martin and Lovers (JMAL); I’ve been figuring out how to make pop music; I’ve been sorting out how to do write better orchestral pieces; and I bought a crappy (but real) piano and am determined AF to play a keyboard instrument at least as well as John Lennon did with the Beatles in 1965 at Shea Stadium (see: “I’m Down – Live at Shea Stadium”).

On the whole, one of the most difficult parts of making music lately has been figuring out where it goes and if or how I can release it—especially when it doesn’t seem to fit in an outlet I already have. I feel like this has greatly restricted me from being able to pursue some of things I want to do because I have been (irrationally?) worried about round blocks fitting in square holes. This has perhaps been most prevalent with NWM, and definitely what led to the creation of JMAL.

So, after a lot of though, I’ve decided that The New Weather Machine will be no more. I will be shedding that skin and moving forward, at least for now, under my own name. JMAL will still exist—we are working on a record that I am really excited about, but other than that, all of the weird electro-acoustic shit, rock things, pop things, demo-y, noisy things, folky things, piano-y things, and experimental things, will be released and performed under ‘Jon Martin’.

I have a lot of things in the pipe that I am excited to share with you in the coming months.

The New Weather Machine Facebook page has been changed, and is now called Jon Martin Music.

Thank you to everyone who came to a show, bought a record, listened to a song, or otherwise supported NWM throughout its lifespan of the last decade or so.