by Andrew Frisicano
Who are Freelance Whales? They're a five-piece band from Queens that started up in late 2008 and has already put out their first, self-released full-length, weathervanes, which came out in September on iTunes. The band's varied indie-pop has a humble, homespun quality to it. They lean on banjos and xylophones for tender rural sounds but also use glitchy and elecro backing to good effect. Check it out in the tracks off their LP posted above.
Freelance Whales will be busy during CMJ. They play Wednesday (10/21) at Bowery Ballroom with Fanfarlo (who play tonight at MHOW), Midnight Juggernauts, The Postelles, TigerCity and Findlay Brown. They also play an acoustic set at the BV day party at Pianos on Thursday (10/22 - full details soon), and they have a gig at the Bell House later that night for the Gothamist showcase (with Uninhabitable Mansions, Robbers on High Street, Pomegrates and more). They also play Saturday at the Delancey's Deli Magazine/This Side Up/Young and Hungry party. All dates below.
In the clips below, the band sounds equally crisp on an abandoned Staten Island farm as on the Bedford Avenue L train platform, and there's a nice Sufjan vibe the song "Broken Horse." See those and all tour dates below...
Generator (Second Floor) by Freelance Whales @ NYC Farm Colony
Broken Horse by Freelance Whales @ NYC Farm Colony
Freelance Whales "Generator 1st Floor"
A little more of Freelance Whales in the Bedford Ave. Station
Freelance Whales - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 21 Bowery Ballroom New York, New York #
Oct 22 Pianos upstairs New York, New York $
Oct 22 The Bell House Brooklyn, New York %
Oct 24 The Delancey New York, New York &
Oct 29 Great Scott Boston (Allston), Massachusetts ^
# CMJ show
$ Brooklyn Vegan CMJ party (1pm)
% Gothamist Showcase - CMJ
& The Deli Magazine/This Side Up/Young and Hungry CMJ Party
^ w/ The Temper Trap!