US - Texas - Full Moon 175 - 12/21/10
How The Ship Goes Down
Whalers (own label)
Austin, TX, indie-rock outfit Whalers present their 7-song-long album
How The Ship Goes Down with the right bravour and attitude. I
like what I hear.
Guitarists Kyle Rother and Dan Martin began making music together in
2003, while based in Fort Worth. Back in Austin (a few years later) they
gathered the full quintet
with singer Gus Smalley, veteran drummer Milos "Hound Dog" Bertram, and
bass-player Amir Mozafari (replacing Joseph Goessling this year). Their
rock'n'roll is sort of
basic and straightforward, yet, it's got something in it which makes it
good enough to charm me (I'm not all that easy...).
How The Ship Goes Down is said to be an EP, holding some 30
minutes of music. The Whalers' mantra is: 'Less is more', which should
be a lesson for many a pop/rock
band around. Whalers' songs are guitar-based, 'old-fashion' style (not
sloppy or soggy, mind you), with cool/raw rock vocals by Smalley. Within
their songs you'll find
both traces from the 60s (and 70s) as well as hints of new (well, at
How The Ship Goes Down was recorded, produced, and performed
by Whalers in Austin, TX, and mixed by Kevin Ratterman (My Morning
Jacket, Wax Fang, plus others).
Looking for something not being hip and fashionable, but with
kool and tough songs? Enjoy Whalers. Key tracks: "Magic Tricks", "Sell
Out", and "That Rabbit".
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