Band marks 10-year homecoming


Last updated 3/7/2023 at Noon

Slater Smith has fronted The Weather Machine for a decade. PHOTO PROVIDED

In 2013 on April Fools Day, Sisters local Slater Smith performed his first show with bandmates under the moniker The Weather Machine. The band felt incredibly lucky. After a ton of open-micing as a solo act, Slater had locked down a month-long residency at The White Eagle in Portland just in time for their first record release. So Slater invited the band along to play every Monday in April, and The Weather Machine was born.

The Weather Machine brought Smith and his friends to high heights and far-flung corners of the world. The project, now based between Oregon and New Zealand, has toured in Europe and shared the stage as openers for some of their musical heroes. Now, as part of their decade anniversary celebration, they return to Sisters at The Belfry opening for one of those favorite bands: Hillstomp.

This comes hot off the heels of their latest studio release, recorded during the depths of 2020 and released only a few months ago. “Applecore” was recorded with PNW legend Tucker Martine, who help the band capture the lightning in a bottle that their high-energy live shows have always been known for. Now the band returns to Slater’s hometown for the first time in three years. It’s bound to be quite the homecoming.

The Weather Machine/Hillstomp show is set for Saturday, March 18, at 7 p.m.

The Belfry is located at 302 E. Main Ave.

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