Today, Whirr is excited to release their new mini LP Around on Graveface Records. The mini LP is available on CD, vinyl and cassette and can be ordered at the Graveface Records' online store. The band has released two tracks from the album that are available for posting. "Drain" the album's lead off track is available via SoundCloud and Pitchfork premiered "Swoon" from Around. Pitchfork said, "The throttle of high-density guitar swarm in the beginning of this Around cut eventually recedes to prove that it's not all doom and gloom, as the tune slowly opens to reveal a brutally beautiful shoegaze-y figure." Whirr announced a summer tour in suppport of Around which will include shows with Nothing. All dates are listed below.
With two albums to date, Bay Area six-piece Whirr has developed a reputation for dirgeful shoegaze, buttressed with textured layers or guitar and weighty, driving compositions. Spacious and moody, their 2012 LP Pipe Dream drew comparisons to heavyweights of the genre My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Slowdive. Pitchfork said, "The overall sound-- patient, spacious, loud, colorful-- is comparable to Swirlies, Velocity Girl, or some other small DIY American group you'd call "smeary" or "shoegaze" and attempt to link to Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine in the 1990s."
Now, Whirr returns with Around, which finds the group restrained, but no less dark. Here, they explore longer songs, with their shortest clocking in at just under six minutes. Catchy melodies, traditionally a part of the band's wheelhouse, give way here to a droning ambience, shifting Whirr slightly from their shoegaze core toward a dour post-rock sound. Vocalists Kristina Esfandiari and Loren Rivera keep their contributions misty and abstract, serving here as additional instruments more than messengers. But the thunderous drums and lavish guitar work remain - albeit in a colder, glassier form - making Around both a departure and a logical step forward from Whirr's previous work.
Whirr Tour Dates:
07.30 - San Diego, CA @ The Void
07.31 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Underground
08.01 - Midland, TX @ Pinebox
08.02 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
08.03 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
08.04 - New Orleans, LA @ Big Top
08.06 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar *
08.07 - Jacksonville, FL @ Atticus Bar *
08.08 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
08.09 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor *
08.10 - Philadelphia, PA @ AKA Records (free early show)
08.10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (late show) *
08.11 - Washington, DC @ DC9 *
08.13 - New York City, NY @ Saint Vitus *
08.14 - New Haven, CT @ Lipgloss Crisis *
08.15 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott *
08.16 - Montreal, QC @ Casa *
08.17 - Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar *
08.18 - Cleveland, OH @ Weapons of Mass Creation *
08.20 - Detroit, MI @ Garden Bowl *
08.21 - Chicago, IL @ Quenchers *
08.23 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre *
08.24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed *
08.26 - Seattle, WA @ Vera Project *
08.27 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar *
* with Nothing
Listen to 'Drain' here:
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