Welcome to 2013’s free Real Gone Sampler. It’s been an absolutely brilliant year for independent music – check out our end of year list here – and that’s been reflected by how many bands were keen to get involved in this now traditional project on its third anniversary. This year’s sixteen tracks (with a couple of strays from prior to 2013) came together remarkably quickly but, as always, there were a few obstacles along the way. It’s great that most of the bands we asked were on board instantly…and only one missed the deadline – an improvement on previous years.
Just teenagers at the time of this debut release, Weatherbird have already gathered praise from UK DJ Gary Crowley and legendary musician/journalist John Robb. After a couple of listens to their ‘Cut Me Loose’ four track EP it’s not so difficult to see why. Their style isn’t always especially original, but between the four members, Weatherbird comprises strong musicians and – perhaps more importantly – at least one member who knows how to knock out a really strong chorus.