(Photo: Ryan McClain)
Nick Bassett keeps busy. The founder of Whirr has had a hand in bands from Nothing to Death of Lovers and Deafheaven, not to mention maintaining a bicoastal group. However, the multitude of influences that result from digging roots in both Oakland and Philadelphia serve him and his Whirr bandmates well.
The fuzzy prog five-piece churns music deeply infused with elements of dark melodic metal and unfiltered distortion, conjuring a dense, emotion-laden culture of sound. Sway, their upcoming release on Graveface out September 23, features both singles “Mumble” and their most recent “Heavy”, which are likely both indicative titles of what we can expect in the upcoming album.
The new album, which is Whirr’s second LP, wasn’t an easy effort. Joey Bautista and Loren Rivera are Oakland-based, and Bassett now lives primarily on the East Coast, so the album required some reworking at the hands of Oakland’s Atomic Garden producer Jack Shirley to make it more cohesive overall. It ended up sounding quite nice, as it turned out. “It’s not conceptual, entirely, but it’s intended to ebb and flow in a certain way—one song being aggressive, then dropping out and being pretty but devastating,” Bassett says. “We tried to create an atmosphere, where you listen and get vibed into one tone.”
Check out the two singles below, and then get full info on their upcoming Rickshaw Stop record release show.
Whirr, Sad Actor, Night School
August 30, 2014
9 pm, $10