Whalers

Whalers

 Austin, Texas, USA
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"Their undulating melodies rise with each note then plunge downward on the psychedelic guitar riffs, sending a wave of sound from the stage that breaks over the audience. As your ears dive into their surf rock it is easy to get caught in the auricular undertow and swept out to sea." Austin Chronicle

Biography

WHALERS is a rock band from Austin, Texas.

Over the last three years, Whalers have been taking cues from the past four decades of classics filtered through a solid enjoyment of early 60’s surf rock. They’ve been recognized by the LA blog Rollo & Grady as their “Artist to Watch,” taken part in their own Daytrotter release, seen many a glowing review of their previous EP releases and sold out residencies at Lambert’s BBQ.

A single, Bon Vivant, and subsequent B-side Pennywhistle Parkplace were released this past July as a preview of things to come in their full-length debut coming in 2013. On the release, KUT said "They definitely own the surfer style, utilizing the rolling percussion and guitars you’d hear in ‘60s beach music... But this is not a revisiting of Beach Boys-esque melodies. They put their own spin on the sound, combining some parts indie, other parts psychedelic, a number of influences."

Whalers’ unique musical formula has garnered this “talented Austin indie rock band” a considerable amount of national attention. “They are damned good.” (Indie Rock Café).? Stylistically, their music reflects a collective appreciation of simplicity, as well as their disdain for wasted notes. Whalers make it a point to “get the most out of their instruments” with “songs that are transportive in nature… Everything fits and each song is tight.” (The Steam Engine).

Past releases include 2010’s How The Ship Goes Down and 2011’s Paddle Easy. Both self-recorded and self-released EP’s received unanimous critical praise, solidifying their legitimacy as a band that should be noticed. HTSGD was mixed by My Morning Jacket’s sound engineer, Kevin Ratterman, and mastered in Jim Eno’s (Spoon) Austin studio, Public Hi-Fi. After one listen, don’t be surprised if you find yourself experiencing “one of those moments where you get to the end and say to yourself ‘how good was that?’ before hitting repeat.” (The Mad Mackerel). Paddle Easy, mixed and mastered at The Bubble in Austin, is full of “… infectious ode(s) to surf rock…” and “perfectly poplicious track(s) that should an ‘indie hit”…” (Indie Rock Café).

Lyrics

Magic Tricks

Written By: Whalers

I had this plan
Man, to make the most of it
Try to do and keep and grow
My own shit.

Baby I was wandering
naked and cold
for so long

I had this card
up my
sleeve all along

I was just waiting for
the appropriate time
To pull it out
and slap it down
for so long

I had this plan
Man, to make the most of it
Yeah to do and keep and show
Magic tricks

Oh how I tried
To be another guy
I knew more he than me
The creature cried.

I've had this card
Up my
sleeve for so long
Yeah I was just waiting for the appropriate time
To pull it out
and slap it down
Down for so long now

Well it was not an ace like you thought
But it was still pretty good - it was a face
Yeah it was our face we been looking through all
We been playing through all along.
Yeah it was our face we were looking through, we been singing through all all all along

No it was not an ace like you though
No but it was still
pretty good
Because it was our face we been looking through
we been playing through all all all all along.

Baby I was wandering
Naked and cold
for so long
Maybe i was just waiting for the appropriate time.
To pull it out.
And slap it down.

Sunsets Suck

Written By: Whalers

When I talked to the Triton
He told me to get some sleep
Gold rings on two tongs - he speaks through magazines
It was motivation, not words which bubbled out
That's how the ship goes down.

It was not a wedding
Was not a baby shower
In bloom like a Lilly
Had no need for flowers

Some kind of convergence
Of West and level coast
She caught a wave like a mermaid
Sunsets suck the most.

When I talked to the Triton
He told me to get some sleep
Gold rings on two tongs - he speaks through magazines
Always motivation, not words which bubble out
That's how the ship goes down.
That's how the shit goes down.

Why are you waiting?
What are you waiting for?
Why are you flying?
What are you diving for?

I don't know tortures tug
Til you're bent on wanderlust.
Spin the wheel well for fortune
Bet's on black or bust
Whether pronged fork or tongue
From every winded, gusty mouth
Don't let em blow you south.

It was not a wedding, was not a baby shower
In bloom like a Lilly, had no need for flowers
Some kind of convergence of west and level coast.
She caught a wave like a mermaid, sunsets suck the most.
That's how the ship goes down
Sometimes it don't work out
That's how the shit goes down
Don't let it blow you south.

Heatwave

Written By: Whalers

We're taking credit for the
Heat wave cross the south
Sure it's silly dear but grab a mirror
And look what's dribbling outta your mouth.

You knew this day was coming darling didn't you?
We said we'd melt your heart out
Didn't think we'd burn out so soon, did you?

I'm taking credit for the
Ashes on your lawn
And the only regret
I've left to accept is
I waited so god-damned long
Our love's long been in cinders
Doll admit it, you
This flame has been impending
You just couldn't see me ending things with you.

We're taking credit for the massacre downtown
If everybody thinks we're dangerous
No one will hold us up or down
You knew this day was coming darling didn't you?
You heard about our hit list
Didn't think we'd follow through though did you?

We're taking credit for the
Heatwave 'cross the south.
Sure it's silly dear but grab a mirror
And look what's driveling out of your mouth
You knew this day was coming
I'll admit it too
I couldn't talk myself into
Or out of ending things or up with you.

That Rabbit

Written By: Whalers

If you want that rabbit, you're
You're gonna have to run hard.
When you want it, you better stab it
But it won't be no walk in the park.

Yeah if you want that rabbit
Well, it's gonna be a long haul
'Cause all endeavor possession of
The resources of this rock.

If you really gotta have it baby
Go ahead and take it all
You can almost grab it but
Your bones impede your arm.

If you want that rabbit
Well it's gonna be a long haul.
'Cause all endeavor possession of
The resources of this rock.

Forever fixed…
in the corner of your eye
Little relics of…
mankind's unending desire.

If it'll really make ya happy. baby
Go ahead and take it all
You can almost grab it but
Your bones impede your arm.

If you had your say
The day would never give way to the dark
But if you want that rabbit
Then you're gonna have to run hard.

Discography

Singles:
Magic Tricks - Released Online
Sunsets Suck - Released Online
That Rabbit - Released Online
Cheat On Each Other - Released Online
Bon Vivant - Online/Physical Release

EP's:
Whalers - How the Ship Goes Down - Release Date 11/30/10
Whalers - Paddle Easy - Release Date 1/28/12

LP:
Currently Writing and Recording - To be released Spring 2013

Set List

Sunsets Suck
I Slept With Her, Too
That Rabbit
Eviction
Hyperion
Heatwave
Magic Tricks
Vagenda
Cheat On Each Other
Paddle Easy
Pixel In Your Picture
Lighthouse
Waltz

covers:
Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
Heartful of Soul - The Yardbirds
Power of Love - Huey Lewis and the News