Posted in music | tour dates | video on August 20, 2009

"And the words sound so good sung. 'We were drunk while we were married a week and we both had us a farmer's tan, I like rock songs, hey baby baby yeah' ('What Do'). God, that's good stuff." -heartonastick

Vulture Whale

There is a gaping hole in rock music between mindless dude rock and what gets foolishly called "literate" rock, and that murky in-between can be a pretty freeing ocean to swim through. Which is exactly what Vulture Whale does. This is a band that knows that the real spectacle of rock and roll is found in playing the music with all of its unruly sound and energy. When your songs are this good, and when they clatter along pushing against their tight and brilliant structures at every turn, well then you don't need light shows or pyrotechnics. You also don't need Pynchon references or 50-cent words. [Pop Matters]
Alabama's Vulture Whale will be coming to the NYC-area for two shows this weekend: Friday, August 21st at Maxwell's with Della Valle, Neil Nathan and Elisa Girlando, and Saturday August 22nd at Pianos (their Pianos set time is 8PM).

The above review is from the group's self-titled album which came out in early 2009 on Skybucket Records. It's one of two self-titled albums the band has released.

Two videos, "Teedy" and Sugar," both of which showcase the band's bar-rock chops, are posted below with all tour dates (and tour poster), and the new album cover, but first a note from John Darnielle...

"So it is that when I heard there's a band called Vulture Whale I said to myself "self-fulfilling prophecies be damned, a band called Vulture Whale has gotta kick ass." And indeed my brethren the shit is live. They sound like Silkworm. Then after a while they sound kind of like the 3Ds a little. Mainly though there is a heavy Silkworm injection here. That is 100% OK by me. There should be more bands who sound like Silkworm and less who sound like they think they have something original to contribute to the field of Rocking Dionysiac Abandon. That shit is straight played out, man. Vulture Whale is not played out. They groove like Silkworm and I, for one, will take it."
John has his own tour and NYC shows coming up as well. Vulture Whale stuff below...

Vulture Whale

Vulture Whale - Teedy

Vulture Whale - Sugar

Vulture Whale

Vulture Whale - 2009 Tour Dates
Aug 20 The Red and Black Bar w/Sarah Rabdau and Them Washington, Washington DC
Aug 21 Maxwell's Hoboken, New Jersey
Aug 22 Pianos New York, New York
Aug 27 Speakeasy for Warning Track Compilation Release BHM, Alabama
Sep 18 The Independent Auburn, Alabama



Comments (9)

Saw them at CMJ last year, ultimate bar band, no frills, rockin' pros. Good times!

Posted by sea hag | August 20, 2009 2:02 PM

I did - what I think - was a pretty fun interview with these guys a few months ago.

Posted by chip | August 20, 2009 2:23 PM


Go see this, people. This band kills! Like the Hold Steady... But way more fun.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2009 5:50 PM

If you see one show this year make it Vulture Whale. I have seen to many bands that do not live up to they hype. These guys meet and/or exceed every metric by which living up to the hype can be measured.

Posted by Ricky | August 20, 2009 6:02 PM

that's les nuby of Verbena on 2nd guitar.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2009 6:16 PM

Love me some whale. Can't wait to catch em again. The DBT and VW are Alabama rock royalty. Maxwell's will be a great bill as Neil Nathan mines that same murky territory and brings the rock live.

Posted by George | August 20, 2009 6:40 PM

fuck yes. Vulture Whale rules! go see this band. now!

Posted by bb | August 21, 2009 2:03 PM

If you haven't had the opportunity to put ear to VW music, you are missing out. I first caught wind of them in a little well known town of rosedale, AL. Haven't looked back! I try to catch them wherever/whenever...

Not only are these guys the salt of the earth people, their tunes only hammer it home that they are in fact, the newest and bestest band out on the road traveling to your hometown. High energy ROCK!

Solid rock tunes for the American working man!!

A shop staple,


Posted by The BBC | August 24, 2009 12:23 PM

Notice that the Chinese know how to do a stimulus package, while no one in power seems to know how to do a stimulus package here in the US.

Posted by luis vuitton | October 17, 2009 12:11 PM

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