Local post-millenial shoegaze sextet Whirr released their debut LP, Pipe Dreams, in March on Tee Pee Records. The band, which features Nick Bassett (also of Deafheaven) and Joseph Bautista on guitar, Alexandra Morte on keys and vocals, Sergio Miranda on drums, Loren Rivera on guitar and vocals, and Eddie Salgado on bass, also just returned from SXSW.
The album’s first single, “Home Is Where My Head Is,” premiered on Pitchfork, and you can also listen to another track, “Hide,” above. Until the band’s next local show, check out what Nick had to tell The Bay Bridged about safety in (guitar) numbers, Black Sabbath cover bands, fickle indie tastemakers, and more:
On why there are so many members: “When the band started out and we were first jamming on songs, it was just two guitars: Loren and I. Our good friend Joey who lived in LA at the time ended up having to move back to town and we wanted him in the band, so he joined. We always wanted to be incredibly loud and have a huge thick wall of sound, so it made sense.”
On the difference between Whirr and Deafheaven: “Whirl came first. It started with a bunch of friends who hung out all the time and enjoyed similar music. Deafheaven was quite different in they had already recorded a demo and approached me about playing guitar for them. I was familiar with the genre and sort of knew the guys beforehand, so we jammed together and it worked out well.”
On the name change from “Whirl” to “Whirr”: “We love the name ‘Whirl’ and always will. It was our first choice and fits our style and aesthetic. However, a woman doing acoustic Black Sabbath covers out of Sacramento trademarked the name and stuck her lawyer on us.”
On the constant comparisons to My Bloody Valentine: “It gets pretty old after a while. Although My Bloody Valentine was a huge influence upon starting the band, I don’t really hear much of them in terms of our riffs or songwriting. We all listen to a ton of stuff.”
On the suggestion that the record generally sounds melancholy, although it’s hard to make out the lyrics in most of the songs: “You’re pretty on point. Most of the songs are bummers.”
On receiving a 7.5 from Pitchfork: “I’m glad we got a nice review from them as we were all a bit worried about how the album was going to be received, but they gave [Dinosaur Jr.'s] Bug a 7.3 and [Slowdive's] Just for a Day a 7.0, so I’m not too concerned about what they think about records.”Tags: Whirr