|Photo by Luca Venter|
It's always the quiet ones who surprise you. Jimmy Stofer is best known for his work in Van Stee, Rose Hill Drive, the Fray, Ryan Bingham, Scars On 45, Cary Brothers, and Flobots, but the musician is stepping out from behind the bass for his project Weather Maps. On his new album, Painted Stripes, Jimmy is essentially a one-man band who siphons all of his influences from his other works to blend into his version of synthy indie-rock -- a genre that is constantly being redefined. Painted Stripes is an amalgamation of words and notes that connect less tangible things: feelings and emotions that often are fleeting.
Gimme Noise caught up with Stofer before his album release at Icehouse on Saturday night to see how his other projects led to Weather Maps and what it's like for him to take a lead role in a band.