The Umbrellas’ debut album was one of the surprise hits of an otherwise grim 2021. The Umbrellas represent the fertile San Francisco Bay Area scene at its most pop-tastic. Following on from 3 sell-out pressings of their debut album and tours with everyone from labelmates Papercuts to Fucked Up, the band is now back with an absolute blinder of a sophomore album, a future greatest hits compilation bursting with brilliant pop moments. The Umbrellas’ Fairweather Friend is out January 26, 2024 via Slumberland Records.
Fairweather Friend is bigger in almost every way than their self-titled debut, featuring sterling songwriting and arranging, bigger and more nuanced production, and terrifically assured vocals all around. The Umbrellas leap forward with Fairweather Friend is reminiscent of similar growth that we saw with second albums from Veronica Falls, Allo Darlin’ and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart; while the concept remains consistent, the execution is bigger, bolder and ultimately even more satisfying. It’s always thrilling to see a young band swing for the fences and succeed, and we’re looking forward to hearing where The Umbrellas go next and watching Fairweather Friend enter the indiepop canon.