When you call Peoria, Ill., home, tough times abound.
With factory jobs moving overseas and life seemingly getting harder by the day, the future isn't bright. This sense of desperation pervades the music of The Forecast.
Appearing in press materials like renegades on the run, this quartet incorporates an amalgamation of influences hardcore, punk, classic rock and even hints of alt-country into its own homemade porridge. Add in the occasional female lead vocals by bassist Shannon Burns, and the results smack of Southern rock, which can be heard on the band's May release, In the Shadow of Two Gunmen.
"It's kind of where we live," says Burns, calling from outside Washington, D.C. "I think it definitely has an influence on our music, and I think that comes out a lot more on this record than it did on the last one.
"We're just kind of looking for something new, but keeping our older stuff in with it."
While their 2005 debut, Late Night Conversations, garnered favorable press and opened the door to tours with Bayside, Action Action and Planes Mistaken for Stars, not to mention a deal with Victory Records, there's a feeling in the band that their first album pales in comparison to their second.
The members of The Forecast are hoping their male-female vocal dynamic helps them attract attention in today's rock-radio world. And even though Fleetwood Mac is listed as an influence, Burns says there's definitely no office romance taking place to stir up the creative pot.
"No," Burns says, with a laugh, "we stay away from that."
The Forecast, with Mashlin, Socratic and Tourmaline
The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.
Wednesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $7, all ages; visit sodajerkpresents.com.