Whirr To Kick Off ‘Sway’ Tour

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Whirr fans are preparing to test the limits of their eardrums following a Spring tour announcement! The quintet will be joined by Wildhoney, Adventures and Wild Moth (on the select dates below). The Philly/San Francisco outfit will be performing songs from their ‘Sway’ LP (out now via Graceface). The album was recorded by ‘Sunbather’ producer Jack Shirley in Oakland, before (amazingly) popping up in the Billboard Charts. Tickets for the tour are on sale now and come with a complimentary social media insult. C***s. Kidding, kidding.

 
Whirr – ‘Heavy’

Whirr April ’15 USA Tour Dates:

April 2 – Denver, CO @ The Moon Room
April 3 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s
April 4 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean (w/ Pity Sex) *
April 5 – Lansing, MI @  Mac’s Bar *
April 6 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s *
April 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @  Mr. Roboto Project *
April 8 – New York, NY @ Baby’s All Right * (tickets)
April 9 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs *
April 10 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *
April 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s (early all ages) *
April 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s (late +21) *
April 12 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *#
April 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn #
April 15 – Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco #
April 16 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone #
April 17 – Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s ^
April 18 – Austin, TX @ Red7 ^
April 19 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova ^
April 20 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls ^
April 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock ^
April 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon ^
April 23 – Bakersfield, CA @ Muso’s Gym ^
April 25 – Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go Records! ^

w/ Adventures = *
w/ Wildhoney = #
w/ Wild Moth = ^

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Whirr – ‘Ease’

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Nothing and Whirr‘s split 12-inch release arrives on November 17 (packaged with a documentary DVD). Stereogum premiered the opener ‘Ease’ earlier this week, an up-tempo rocker that could’ve sat comfortably on Whirr’s latest LP ‘Sway‘. Check out the full stream below and pick it up through the good folks at Run For Cover Records. I wonder what highbrow hatred Pitchfork are going to throw at this one!? *grin*

 
Whirr / Nothing – Split [Stream]

Whirr / Nothing Split @ Run For Cover Records.

Nothing – ‘July The Fourth’

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As you may have heard, Philly’s Nothing premiered their latest tune ‘July The Fourth’ via Vogue last week. It’s a straight ahead alt rocker, that doesn’t mess about. The song will be released on a split 12inch with Whirr, bundled with a full length documentary DVD of both band’s in the studio, pick it up via Run For Cover Records from November 17 (pre-sale).

 
Nothing – ‘July The Fourth’

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Whirr – ‘Sway’

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Whirr‘s new album ‘Sway’ arrives this week via Graveface Records. The bicoastal band (located between Philly and Oakland) have delivered four EPs and two albums since forming in 2010 (originally as Whirl). ‘Sway’ first turned heads with the lead single ‘Mumble’ back in July. The once familiar female vocals had switched to male, generating comparisons to Nothing (which features Whirr’s Nick Bassett on bass). Nick has also worked with Nothing’s Dominic Palermo on the side project, Death of Lovers. So yes, that creative relationship is going to rub off. But ironically, unlike previous releases where Nick has been the primary songwriter, this album is their most collaborative work to date (according to the PR).

Producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Frameworks) deserves credit for his work on the LP. There’s a lot of bottom end guitars in the mix and he’s managed to convey the weight of the band incredibly well. It’s a heavy sounding record, in the literal sense. Whirr have mastered their hard-hitting slow motion rhythms. It’s powerful stuff when combined with their thick guitar tones. That’s the guts of the record, that feeling it gives you, above the catchiness of any particular song. Of course, like most bands of the genre, it’s a sound best experienced live, and yet Shirley has packaged it perfectly.

In terms of melody, ‘Sway’ doesn’t reach for great heights. The monotone vocals explore a narrow melodic range and yet somehow it still gets stuck in your head. Especially songs like ‘Lines’ and ‘Heavy’. It’s a credit to the style and delivery of the five piece. While Whirr are commonly labelled as shoegaze, they’ve really got just as much in common with punk or metal. They bridge that gap which opens the door to a much wider audience.

On the downside, it runs short (only eight songs in less than 40 minutes). So it’s more of a bulky EP than a regular full length. It also struggles with a lack of variation which is probably why there’s only eight songs, if it were more, the album would drag. To their credit, the cinematic ‘Clear’ (midway through the album) attempts to change this. It’s epic in scope but doesn’t change the feel enough. I was expecting a guest female vocalist to pop in and shake it up. That said, overall it’s still a great listen. It lacks some depth and variation but it still leaves a lasting impression. ‘Sway’ hits you like a weight. It holds you down with a wall of fuzzy guitars and pummels you! Afterwards, you’ll be wanting to do it all over again. Pick it up via Graveface (Vinyl / Digital).

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Whirr - 'Sway'
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PRO'S
  • HUGE sound & feel
  • The switch to male vocals works
CON'S
  • Runs short (eight songs)
  • Lacks some variation
3.9Overall Score
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Whirr – ‘Lines’

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As the release of Whirr‘s new album ‘Sway’ draws closer, another album cut has hit the interwebs. Take a listen to ‘Lines’ (via Noisey) below. Be warned, the whimsical thirty second opening is there to make you drop your guard before they kick you in the face with a wall of noise. Wouldn’t expect anything less! The pretty vocal melodies are a nice contrast. Is everybody comfortable with the male vocals yet? ‘Sway’ is available from September 23 via Graveface Records. Whirr’s stateside tour kicks off this weekend (see dates).

 
Whirr – ‘Lines’

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Whirr – ‘Heavy’

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Whirr are streaming the second single ‘Heavy’ (via Spin) from their forthcoming album ‘Sway’ (out September 23 thanks to Graveface Records). The Philly/Oakland shoegaze act gave us ‘Mumble‘ last month, it raised a few eyebrows due to the change from female lead vocals to male. ‘Heavy’ may ease those concerns, it’s arguably a stronger track. The subtle vocal harmonies in the latter half show how well the new approach can work. The opening minute is a doom-filled sludge fest with detuned guitars over a laboured rhythm. The uninitiated could be forgiven for presuming it would turn into a metal track. We know that Whirr’s Nick Bassett has kept busy playing with Nothing, that’s bound to rub off. However, half of the new album was initially penned by Joey Bautista and Loren Rivera back in Oakland. So ‘Sway’ should benefit from a mix of ideas when it lands next month. Pre-sale on now.

 
Whirr – ‘Heavy’

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