The weather in Ohio during the spring could not be more frustrating. The high temperature today was 71 degrees — not bad, right? — but unfortunately it has been gray and pouring down rain all day. And tomorrow, the winter coats will once again be snatched from the closet (really it’s not safe until May) because the forecast calls for fierce winds and just 49 degrees. No wonder everyone around seems to catch a cold at some point in late March or early April.
I grouse because this song from Australian-born Thomas Calder, aka The Trouble With Templeton, is the perfect tune for a rainy day, or at the very least the rainy-day mood. “Bleeders” immediately reminded me of Tom McRae, with Calder’s understated but steady vocals and guitar strumming. It all broods and builds with some nice touches — strings and rattling percussion play their parts throughout — never fully releasing but holding onto the lovely tension. Calder growls about shrugging off the weight of failures. Of the day, the week. Of one’s youth or one’s life.
This is Calder’s debut, and he’s got some songwriting chops. “Bleeders” is subtle but compelling, and worth a few spins. You can also get the song as a pay-what-you-want download on Calder’s official site, linked below.