Saturday, August 05, 2006

It's Our Duty To Go Down With The Ship!


White Whale hail from landlocked Kansas, but that doesn't stop the high seas imagery that they've fashioned around themselves from flowing willfully through them. Throughout the near fifty minutes of their debut album WW1 they craft stories of wayward admirality, high seas travel, seamanship and an air of the absurdity of the tales often told by those who historically travelled the waves. Our intrepid sailors for this journey are Matt Suggs formerly lead person of the band Butterglory who blazed a trail of indiosyncratic Soft Boys/Pavement inspired indie rock in the early ninites. Bassisit Rob Pope formerly of the emo/indie band The Get Up Kids. Dustin Kinsey, John Anderson and Zach Holland all members of the Kansas based chamber pop inspired band Thee Higher Burning Fire.

The Whales musical identity whilst being anchored in classic rock, still have enough nous about them to embellish this with a sense of experimental accents. For every simply struck chord there is another far more exciting coda waiting around the corner. The central points of their debut album WW1 on Merge Records are two songs which appear early on in the album's cycle. "The Admiral" a wonky mixture of burbling synths and programmed beats, which sets in mind a journey across the high seas. "O' William, O' Sarah" is an epic tale of a gentleman sailors rise up the ranks to the admiralty which breaks down to bubbling bass line and conservative drum beat in the middle, whilst all manner of mechanical and non instrumentation flourish all around. Although these are just the tip of the metaphorical iceberg a self assurededly good record which points to even better things in the future.

White Whale are currently on tour of the US in support of their debut album:-


Jul 28 2006 8:00P Lawrence, KS @ The Granada (record release show)

Aug 2 2006 8:00P Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light

Aug 3 2006 8:00P Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

Aug 4 2006 8:00P Athens, GA @ 40 Watt

Sep 8 2006 8:00P Dallas, TX @ Hailey's

Sep 12 2006 8:00P Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland

Sep 13 2006 8:00P Visalia, CA @ Howie's

Sep 14 2006 8:00P San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

Sep 15 2006 8:00P Portland, OR @ Towne Lounge

Sep 16 2006 8:00P Seattle, WA @ Paradox

Sep 17 2006 8:00P Portland, OR @ Towne Lounge

Sep 18 2006 8:00P Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Sep 19 2006 8:00P Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

Sep 21 2006 8:00P Omaha, NE @ Sokol

Sep 22 2006 8:00P Columbia, MO @ MoJo's

Sep 23 2006 8:00P Lawrence, KS @ The Granada


[Buy White Whale merchandise at Merge Records]

The Admiral


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