Review of Whale Single by The Mighty Roars

The Mighty Roars
Single Review

Formed in Berlin in early 2004, Brits Martin Pilkington (Guitar), David Pringuer (Drums, Bass) teamed up with Lara Granqvist (Vocals) with their desire to "surf the London new wave with style".

Their debut EP "Take A Bite Of Peach" was released in Germany and although not officially released in the UK was available in Rough Trade and Artrocker.

Recorded back in February on their new label One Little Indian after two desperate experiences with producers David Pringuer took hold of the reigns himself and final mixing was mastered by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance).

So we have The Mighty Roars official debut single "Whale", and it really does cruise on top of the New Wave of London sound. An high octane indie/punk drum and double clap intro and Lara announces 'this is a song about a whale'.

A chorus with a great hook and great lyrics 'I've a heart that's as big as the ocean, I've got a heart that's as big as a whale'. You just know that people are going to draw similarities with both Be Your Own Pet and The Yeah Yeah Yeah's, but that would be to miss the point. The woman has gusto!

The Mighty Roars Whale Single

A mention should also go to the B-Side of equally high quality "Whipped Ma Bitch", and if this is anything to go by, I wait with eager anticipation for the album. A must, must for any New Wave surfer!


Elliott Bambrough