CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Cole Carson left his hometown with a dream. He will soon return to Carthage as a rockstar.
Carson, 23, is the drummer of Weathers, an alternative rock band based in Los Angeles best known for its single, "Happy Pills." Carson will return to the area with his bandmates at the end of the month, and the band will perform at Lake Hill Winery on Monday, July 3.
Four years ago, Carson decided to pursue music full time. He found a common background with Weathers' lead vocalist Cameron Boyer, whose father, Al Boyer, comes from the Carthage area and is friends with Carson's father, Rob Carson, owner of Carson Motors in Carthage. After making an early trip to California to practice and perform with the band, Carson joined Weathers and enrolled in the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard. He graduated two years ago at the top of his class and was recognized as "Most Outstanding Player."
"I owe a lot of it to where I came from," Carson said, "It was pretty scary at first, but once I started school, I just stayed focused."
Carson attributes his success, at least partially, to the work ethic he developed from growing up in the Midwest.
"I couldn't be prouder of where I'm from," he said.
He got his first snare drum when he was four, but he can trace back to the exact moment that altered the trajectory of his life. Performing during Carthage's Christmas Wish event as an adolescent, he broke out into a drum solo.
"I've been bit ever since," he said. "I feel like this is what I'm supposed to do."
Carson defines the band's sound as "catchy pop melodies mixed with darker, moodier rock," but also declines to fit it into any single category. Since signing with RCA at the South By Southwest event in Austin, Texas last year, Weathers has performed alongside several mainstream alternative rock bands including Jimmy Eats World, Cage The Elephant and blink-182.
"It has been pretty insane, coming from a small town to Hollywood Boulevard, let alone signing to a major label," Carson said. "I think we have a really good shot at doing some big things."
Weathers will also perform at Revelry in Quincy on Friday, June 30, and will make several media appearances while in the area. The band is working on its first studio album. Weathers' music is available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play and Soundcloud.
"This is something we've been planning for awhile," Carson said. "We've been chomping at the bit to get out there."