By Nicholas Jason Lopez
When it comes to songwriting, Cameron Boyer – the lead singer/rhythm guitarist of Los Angeles alternative rockers Weathers – approaches it as if he were to make a universe associated with a John Hughes movie.
With difficult times now behind the group, Boyer uses Weathers’ songs as a chance to compose feel-good music that dives beyond the surface of just how people look and act, sort of like how “The Breakfast Club” plays out. Their music typically revolves around themes of mental health, social anxiety and what happens as you grow and mature.
Besides Boyer, Weathers is also guitarist Cameron Olsen, bassist Brennen Bates and drummer Cole Carson.
Now streaming everywhere, Weathers’ new single “C’est La Vie” was also recently released.
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to chat with Boyer about the song and more.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Los Angeles to someone who has never been there before?
Cameron Boyer – Pretentious, but beautiful.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about alternative rock?
Cameron Boyer – I’m always excited to see new artists that are honest and pushing boundaries. However, I’m frustrated with alt-rock as a whole. There’s lots of great new artists, but it’s extremely difficult to be heard. There’s lots of monopolies in this genre, making it difficult for new artists to break through. It’s always frustrating to see super innovative artists get shoved under the rug.
Music Bugle – Can you give us some words that come to mind when you think of your new single “C’est La Vie”?
Cameron Boyer – She’s dark, confident and a bit intimidating.
Music Bugle – What are some challenges that come with being a band that others may not see on the surface?
Cameron Boyer – There’s probably about 20,482,368 challenging aspects to being in a band, but to name a few – being different in today’s very oversaturated world is really hard, being taken seriously is hard and trying to find your voice is always difficult. That last one kinda goes for everyone in any career, but when you’re an artist of any kind, your voice is who you are and you risk all of that by putting it out there for the world to either love or hate.
Music Bugle – To you, which do you feel is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome so far?
Cameron Boyer – 2017 was a tough year. We decided that we wanted to have more fun with our music rather than be so dark, but getting to that conclusion took about a year-and-a-half of writing countless songs coupled with invigorating soul-searching.
Music Bugle – What was the most memorable moment you’ve experienced while out on tour?
Cameron Boyer – I feel like the typical answer is playing some big show in front of so many people. That would probably be the same answer here, but for whatever reason, when I think about tour, I always remember the little things, like going to the same restaurant as last time we came through, but this time it’s closed and we all get bummed and end up drowning our sorrows in liquor and Taco Bell, or trying to notice the same funny-looking house on the side of the road, or seeing some cool landmark, or doing something new or dumb things with the guys. It’s always that stuff that pops into my head first.
Music Bugle – The artwork for “C’est La Vie” – what does it signify?
Cameron Boyer – We wanted to reflect the look of someone’s posture when you accept the things you can’t change.
Music Bugle – Does social media make it easier or harder for a band to stand out these days?
Cameron Boyer – That’s tough because there’s definitely pros and cons. I would say it’s a close call, but I would go with harder. There’s just so much of the same and so much reliance on it that sometimes, it feels detrimental. Don’t get me wrong – there’s lots of cool things too. At the end of the day, it’s a tool and it’s all about the people that use it. It can be the best or the worst thing, but it depends on who’s using it and in what way.
Music Bugle – In what ways have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Cameron Boyer – You could probably guess – touring isn’t a thing. That puts a huge dent in our operation, but it’s also forced us to write more and has given us the time to focus on ourselves and the music and new ventures and such.
Music Bugle – What’s something people should know about the group?
Cameron Boyer – We are honest. We speak truths about mental health. It’s okay to not be okay, but it’s never okay to not get help. We like to have a lot of fun at our shows and serve as a brief escape for everyone who’s there.