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Sudden Weather Change

Now or never – say goodbye to Sudden Weather Change

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Each of us has thought probably at least once of the soundtrack of our lives. Without a blink I am able to say that my soundtrack contains Sudden Weather Change songs. I had been waiting to experience this four-piece rock band on the stage for a quite long time and it had taken me more than two years to discover step by step how good they are live. Still, I didn’t expect I will be so excited for that November night in 2013 at Gamli Gaukurinn even though it was my first and at the same time, sadly, the last feast with Sudden Weather Change. Funeral parties at Gamli Gaukurinn are kind of epic, would you agree?

Do you know that good feeling when you’re in the right place, with proper people, at the right time? Sudden Weather Change had their admirers not only in the first row although that one without doubt was splendid. The crowd’s love for the guys was palpable. Last time I reached this level of happiness during some other concert that took place in Poland but I cannot even remember when exactly it happened. But I wasn’t the only one there at Gamli Gaukurinn so grateful for this show. The last performance of Sudden Weather Change was a gig that you actually don’t care about losing your glasses at and you don’t give a damn about the fact that the glasses could drift away and never come back in their entirety. You just simply couldn’t miss that show.

Sudden Weahter Change – Godspeed from Icelandic Film School on Vimeo.

Sudden Weather Change played a marvelous set. Meaningfully, they kicked off the gig with words now or never from one of golden hits from the debut album entitled Stop! Handgrenade in the name of cribdeath ‘nderstand and got a wonderful reception. The audience immediately joined them for an impressive last ride. The four beasts of Sudden Weather Change spiced the gig a bit with some new stuff from Sculpture spreading a spacious sound of that album. You never know what will happen during the show, that’s why I love live performances, so that last time Blues got an extra extended intro thanks to Loji the guitarist and some technical surprises. The guys let us hear also mind-boggling little treasures from The Thin Liner/The Sharp 7”. They played almmot everything they could in such a dynamic way. I’m not wondering anymore how did the name of the band come about. Sudden Weather Change really can be as unexpected on the stage with those blasts from amplifiers as the Icelandic moody weather. They regaled us with almost their entire best material that had been composed since 2006 containing all releases. That night we heard even jaunty Godspeed. And of course, OF COURSE, that show wouldn’t be the same without crazy Ampeg! Moreover, there weren’t just two vocals during that gig but entire crowd of throats ready to sing along. It was a delight to hear those songs for the last time. That is how Sudden Weather Change wrote (probably) the last chapter of their career. Anyway, I feel so lucky I made it. If you want to feel a bit of that atmosphere, check out the recording from the show:

Although it’s never easy to bid farewell if you are aware you won’t see each other again, I didn’t cry. Or maybe I did cry with happiness and now I just prefer to not remember it. Apparently, my gratitude for every tune that Sudden Weather Change had made was still bigger than sorrow of saying goodbye. But I keep a little sparkle of hope that maybe some day they will reunite for one or two gigs. However, I will miss you, Sudden Weather Change, and thank you tremendously!

Superb quality recording of full performance for KEXP Seattle here.

Stína has followed her passion to Icelandic music as a music journalist since 2010. She joined then a writing team of Muzyka Islandzka - a Polish website dedicated to Icelandic music. Spreading her wings, Stína started her adventure with Icelandic language and moved to Reykjavík where she studied the language at the university. She also takes an active part in life of the local music scene. Since 2014 Stína had run a music blog that was transformed in 2017 into a printed magazine on Icelandic music.

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