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Above: Cold Weather Company plays their song “Seafarer”
Drawing inspiration from the sounds of Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, The Dave Matthews Band, Keane, and the Tallest Man on Earth, Cold Weather Company has been taking New Brunswick by storm ever since they first started playing together last fall. The alternative/folk band is made up of Brian Curry, a Rutgers graduate who majored in Landscape Architecture; Steve Shimchick, a senior at Rutgers majoring in Communication with a minor in Music; and Jeff Petescia, a senior at Rutgers majoring in Psychology. Brian and Jeff sing and play guitar, Steve sings and plays the piano, and all three musicians are songwriters. Their first song was “Horizon Fire” and since then they have written a number of songs including “Steer,” “What Do I Do,” “Someone Else,” and “Fellow in the North.”
For a band that has only been together for a year, the trio has come onto the music scene quickly and has had a number of memorable performances both in and out of New Brunswick. To name a few, they have played at the Artists’ Collective Coffee House, Rutgers’ Circle K Concert, Hidden Grounds, Rutgers Day, RUPA’s Scarlet Harvest, and the Rutgers University Musicians Guild. Their ideal venue is a theater, although they love playing in intimate venues as well, which Brian expressed when reminiscing about their Hidden Grounds show:
It was really surreal for us to have no amplification and to be able to get to points in songs where it was relatively silent, where we would reach a space in the song and there was no one talking. That was the craziest thing. You get chills when you’re up there because you know that everybody in the room is appreciating what you’re doing. That’s why you go out there and play and do what you love. When you really feel like you’re connecting people who are spending their own time being there to listen to you, you can’t ask for more. It was the weirdest and greatest thing ever.”
For now, the band is looking to play local shows around New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York while they finish recording songs for their upcoming album which will feature the five songs that they have already released on SoundClound as well as some unreleased material. They plan to work hard and grow as a band and as individuals, with hopes of going on tour next summer. They want to try their hand at playing at music festivals alongside likeminded musicians. The three would love to tour Australia and see the world, but first they’ll start with the US. Their knack for adventure has also instilled in them the dream of recording an album in the infamous Into the Wild bus. They share a love of nature and just recently spent a weekend in the Catskills recording songs for their album. On any given day, if you check out their Instagram (@coldweathercompany), you will surely find pictures and videos of the band playing music alongside lakes, rivers and trees. They’ve even got some pictures of deer…and frogs! Brian summed up their outdoorsy style:
We’re all about connecting people with nature. I love the idea of dropping a location in the middle of a park or a random place in the woods. We could just be there playing and people could show up and experience something they wouldn’t normally experience at a regular venue. That’s down the road…that’s a dream.”
As a follow-up to their Catskills cabin session, they’d like to play at a ski lodge in the middle of winter. When it comes to songwriting, the three are inspired by winter and fall, as they are most introspective and musically productive in the colder seasons of the year, which is why they decided to name the band “Cold Weather Company.” This also explains why you may catch Steve playing piano in fingerless gloves.
Keep an eye out for Jeff, Steve and Brian around Rutgers. You may find them playing a show at a cozy little venue, jamming at Passion Puddle or Rutgers Gardens, or maybe you’ll spot them getting their study on at the library. And hey, maybe they’ll sign your favorite textbook! It’s worth a try.
To keep up-to-date on the whereabouts of the band and to get updates on their upcoming album, head to their website at coldweathercompany.com. Their songs are also posted here —> soundcloud.com/cold-weather-company. So grab a coffee, take a stroll through a nice leaf-covered park, and take a listen to the tunes of Cold Weather Company.
By Jen Conover
Thanks to videographers Nick Rapon, Matt Tomasello, Markus Robinson & Phil Shvartsman