“Wannabe Cowboys” is an apt title for a song by a band that hails from Portland, Oregon. The City of Keeping it Weird isn’t exactly known for a thriving country/Western scene, and the thought of the Birkenstock-wearing crowd trying to fit in a proper honky-tonk is no doubt good for a laugh. Fortunately, the Portland rock outfit the Weather Machine isn’t out for such gauche posturing. Although elements of folk music are definitely obvious in the band’s music, unsurprising given the genre’s prominence in the Pacific Northwest, there’s several other elements at play in their sound that prevent them from coming across as trying to ape one specific style. For instance, “Wannabe Cowboys”, a track off of the Weather Machine’s forthcoming Peach LP, opens up with some nice distorted guitar that evokes classic rock. The tune’s chorus then brings a fiddle into the mix, adding an additional rhythmic texture that elevates what might have otherwise been an ordinary rock number. “Wannabe Cowboys” feels appropriately folksy without ever being phony.