DATELINE: London, England, UK, October 2013 - Jay Serrao returns with his revolving cast of musicians and engineers to release Shmolts’ fourth single, ‘Weatherman’. The song is about sportsmanship and how money can work against that concept in modern sports. Serrao was inspired lyrically by the concept of the underdog, whether that underdog is a fan, a player or a manager. As an Arsenal fan, Serrao has experienced the frustration of watching his team struggle as disagreements with management erode the spirit of the game. “Work and fight with what you got” is the message. It’s not a song about winning or trying to win. It’s a song about fighting and surviving with what you have. The song starts off with an eerie two chord lick. A guitar and bass line develop, the drums enter steadily and Jay comes in singing about the weather—a good metaphor for stormy relationships and power struggles—there are dark clouds gathering. There’s a break, it lasts just a second, like the time that elapses between the strike of lightening and the first clap of thunder. The chorus is introduced by a quick blast of machine gun snare before it erupts.
Musically, Jay drew inspiration from the synth work of Alan Parsons, and as always, the bombastic drumming of Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham.