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On January 13th metalcore act ”GrayWeather” are set to drop their debut single “White Rabbit” off their upcoming EP, The Soma Collective.
The name GrayWeather is a memory. Derived from "Astoria, Oregon (Gray Weather)”, the opening track from guitarist and songwriter Jared Michael’s former band, “Of Confidence”. Written in the town it was named for, the experience was often talked about as a fond memory by friend & bandmate, Molly Woolsey. Molly tragically passed in 2016, due to the struggles she faced in transitioning genders.
Jared named the band GrayWeather as a dedication to her. A way to keep the memory of Molly alive and with him as he continued the musical journey they once walked together.
“White Rabbit was written in a period of my life where I was feeling at my
lowest. I was struggling with severe depression and isolated myself from my
friends, family, and most of the world. I remember hearing the demo for the
first time and something in me came alive. The song broke me in a way I can
only describe as liberating. This song is an outlet to express my innermost
emotions, in this instance, the desire to be broken down and built back up. It
argues against the distorted comfort I had found in my depression. The
music video is a cerebral illustration that demonstrates the descent into
madness that isolation can send one through. It emphasizes the theme of
the song, that trying to hide your struggles from those that are closest to you
will only cause more suffering.” - Jake Mercer
After a short stint with Modern Empire Records the band Impulse sat down to begin
working on new music. During the writing sessions the band noticed their sound had
noticeably changed, it had become much more focused. This newfound mindset
wasn’t only limited to their sound however, it was also their tastes, views, and the
kind of music they wanted to craft and release into the world. Impulse decided to
then rebrand and GrayWeather emerged. GrayWeather is the somber and
melancholic gray sky found looming over the Pacific Northwest which parallels the
adverse reality that exists in our everyday lives. It is an evident concept with threads
entwined much deeper.