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Listen to Whirr’s ominous, glorious new song, “Mumble,” from Sway

Photo credit: Ryan McClain
Photo credit: Ryan McClain
Bicostal shoegazers Whirr have released their newest song, “Mumble.” The song is from their forthcoming album Sway (Graveface Records).

“Mumble” kicks in immediately with a thick blast of distorted guitar that gives way to a steady pulsing, anthem-like quality. It’s a sweeping, gorgeous wave of noise that never lets up, and retains Whirr’s characteristic ability to transport the listener into a different state of mind.

One of the members of Whirr is Nick Bassett, who is also a member of Philly’s Nothing. Whirr and Nothing recently toured together, and along with Nothing’s Dominic Palermo, have a group of their own, Death of Lovers. Bassett now lives in Philly.

“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 about the new album. “We tried to create an atmosphere, where you listen and get vibed into one tone. The aesthetic of the band is more aimed at mature punk rather than alternative rock,” he says. “There are these more aggressive punk elements—noisy feedback, a snare roll that just goes into super-punchy, driving songs.”

Catch them at the Barbary September 15th. Get details here. Listen to Whirr’s newest song, “Mumble” below and preorder Sway here.

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Photos: Whirr, Nothing and Sad Actor’s punk rock matinee at Boot and Saddle

Whirr | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Whirr | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

A Sunday afternoon in South Philadelphia might not have seemed the obvious place for brooding, high-octane noise-punk, but that’s what Boot and Saddle’s matinee show delivered. Rounding up the shoegaze-leaning Whirr, Relapse Records signees Nothing and newcomers Sad Actor (the latest project of Kyle Costill of BITBY), the bill gave the tightly-packed crowd got a couple hours of pre-Super Bowl fuzz rock. Check out photos in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Whirr at Boot and Saddle and Young and Sick at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Oakland shoegaze outfit Whirr will play at Boot and Saddle tonight. The band simply describes themselves as “best friends” which surely influences the recording process of such blissful music that transports you to a different mental space. They released last year’s Pipe Dreams LP which is definitely worth checking out. Get tickets to their show here and listen to “Junebouvier” below.

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Free Performance: Whirr and Nothing at AKA on 8/10

Whirr
Whirr

We just got word that A.K.A Music, one of our favorite Philly record stores, will co-host a free in-store performance on August 10th presented by locally-based music blog Yvynyl. The event includes sets by Whirr, a psychedelic rock sextet from Oakland lead by former Deafheaven guitarist Nick Bassett, and Nothing, the Philly heavy shoegaze group (and Key Studio Sessions alums) fronted by Dominic Palermo. The 2 p.m. performance is all-ages, which is awesome news for the under-21 fans who can’t make it to see both bands play Kung Fu Necktie‘s This is Hardcore After Party (21 and over). Below, listen to the track “Flashback” by Whirr, watch Nothing performing in our studio for the Key Sessions (care of BITBY) and find tickets and information here.