on 5 July 2010
It's incomprehensible that this record has not been released on CD in the UK - I'd happily snap it up, but not at the inflated price of a Japanese import. This was the Weather Prophets' first album, a classic late 80s indie mix of jangly guitars and fey lyrics (bordering on the Basil Fotherington-Thomas "hello clouds hello sky" at times), with radio-friendly production. Their follow-up - Judges, Juries, and Horsemen - was more varied and much more intense, but lacks the freshness and charm of this set.
If you're a fan of C86-style "twee indie" pop (think anything on Sarah Records, or the Shop Assistants) then you'll like this.
on 13 January 2012
Pete Astor deserved to have been a star back in the late 1980's, his first band the Loft released two classic singles before breaking up onstage during a high profile gig in London in 1985, he soon bounced back and along with the Loft's drummer Dave Morgan formed The Weather Prophets not long afterwards, "Mayflower" was the band's first studio album released through the WEA backed Elevation Records in 1987 and whilst the 80's production dates it slightly the songwriting is excellent throughout, re-recordings of both their first single "Almost Prayed" but also the Loft's "Why Does The Rain" alongside the likes of "Sleep" "Head Over Hells" the near hit "She Comes From The Rain" and "Faithful" are highlights for me.
The album sold fairly well but not in the eyes of their then (major) label who dropped them soon afterwards, there was a further (also very good) album the following year (Judges, Juries and Horsemen) before the band folded.
If you like jangly late 80's Indie with more than a nod to the Velvet Underground you'd almost certainly like the Weather Prophets.
Rather annoyingly "Mayflower" was never been reissued on CD in the UK, infact it's only available on CD through WEA Japan and copies are hard to find and extortionate (I was lucky I found an Amazon.com seller in the states who sold me his copy at a very fair price) hopefully one day Cherry Red (who seem to own the rights to the rest of their material) will be in a position to make this fine album available again.