The Ohio Weather Band formed in a small town in Ohio before the members even realized it. Corey King (guitar/vocals), Derek Strata (bass/vocals) and Ray Lumpp (percussion/vocals) were friends long before bandmates.
Corey had written songs for a solo EP (“Ohio Weather”) and asked his friends Derek and Ray to perform on the record as bass player and drummer, respectively.
At that point, the band was established. In 2014, The Ohio Weather Band released their self-titled, debut album.
Most of the album was recorded by the group, though they managed to salvage a few guitar and drum tracks from previous recording sessions. The album was produced, mixed and packaged solely by the band.
This served as a local and regional launching pad for OWB: local magazines and newspapers supported the album and honored it as one of the best area albums in Cleveland, OH and Canton, OH. Shortly afterwards, The Ohio Weather Band went on a self-booked three week tour around the Midwest and Eastern US.
The album was, again, self-recorded in various locations including a garage loft and the basement of a house in Akron, Ohio, in which the members currently live.
Unlike the group’s last, self-titled album, “Crooked Light” was not completely an in-house project. Spencer Martin joined the team to co-produce and co-mix the album.
The result is an album with a fresh sonic perspective and evolved songwriting. Lyrically, the album projects the thoughts and experiences from skewed perspectives.
Regarding the songs, Corey says, “It seems like there are simple, obvious meanings to the songs, but there’s something bigger behind it.”
The Ohio Weather Band is excited that their new “Don’t Try” EP is set to release in spring 2018.