[fbshare type=”button”] [tweetmeme] JamSphere’s choice SONG OF THE WEEK for the week of 28 Nov. – 04 Dec 2011 is: WHALERS – CHEAT ON EACH OTHER. Whalers is an indie-pop rock band from Austin, TX. They create straightforward, no-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll music, simple and catchy melodies that are both modern and yet very reminiscent of past rock hits. We’d like to call it retro rock!
Influenced by bands both old and new, from The Walkmen, The Strokes, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones, the band’s mantra “less is more” is held with great importance.
Though Whalers is less than two years old, the band is quickly garnering citywide recognition as one of the premiere upcoming acts, playing wide-ranging venues around Austin at least twice a month, becoming regular fixtures at Club Deville, and most recently invited to record a Daytrotter session. This year, Whalers played twelve shows in one week during SXSW, opening for such acts as The Black & White Years, Sunset, Ponderosa, and TV Torso.
The band’s current buzz is steadily garnering attention within the music critic community as well. In November 2010, their self-released debut EP, How The Ship Goes Down, received unanimous critical praise, solidifying their legitimacy as a band that should be noticed. “[Whalers] presented a mini-album, which can shine the sumptuous pop melodies of rockers finally on the right sound… a good rock band is really growing here.” (wasser-prawda.de)
Recorded from guitar player Kyle Rother’s home studio in Austin, How The Ship Goes Down was mixed by My Morning Jacket’s sound engineer, Kevin Ratterman, and mastered in Jim Eno’s (drummer for Spoon) Austin studio, Public Hi-Fi. Praised as “brilliant” (Neu Meusic) and “amazing” (The Steam Engine), the EP can be best be described as “one of those moments where you get to the end and say to yourself ‘how good was that?’ before hitting repeat.” (The Mad Mackerel) Adequecy.net says, “What makes the track, and by extension the entire EP, a success is in its simplicity. [It] is immediate, and a grower all at once.” The song “Magic Tricks” was featured in Blalock’s Indie/Rock Playlist (January 2011).
At the end of December 2011 our staff will choose the JAMSPHERE “SONG OF THE YEAR” from the 3 songs with the highest number of “Thumbs Up” voting from our readers.
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