Let’s get indulgent for a second and take a look at the Venn Diagram crossover territory between rock music and weather. While there’s no shortage of feelgood summertime jams in the cultural archives, things arguably only get really interesting when we look at the tunes that focus on the stormier side of things.
Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ reflected massive social upheaval. Springsteen’s ‘Thunder Road’ encapsulates the feeling of youthful unrest and yearning better than anything pre-Smiths. Creedance Clearwater Revival’s ‘Bad Moon Rising’ is just brimming over with foreboding sky-predictions, while ‘Riders On The Storm’ (as well as having the honor of being the last song The Doors recorded together) contains as much brooding menace as a wall of rolling clouds on the horizon.
Still – these are all mere song titles. To go the whole hog and name your band after some extreme weather madness … well, then, you’d better make sure that the band in question is something very, very special indeed.
Thankfully, Typhoon – a veritable army of musicians who fuse indie rock instrumentals and vocals with violins, percussion, hand claps, xylophone, horns and a choir of other instruments – are great enough to merit such a bombastic name. Combining the bombast and drive of Arcade Fire with the communal energy of The Polyphonic Spree, anyone who has been watching this exciting act since their inception will know that the forecast has always been good.
And if you’re brand new to Typhoon? Join us right now as we delve into their meteorological history …