by Andrew Sacher
Whirr at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Nick Bassett might be one of the busiest guys in shoegaze right now, as an active member of Nothing, Death of Lovers, and Camera Shy (he also used to be in Deafheaven), and now his band Whirr are ready to release their new album, Sway, the followup to 2013's mini LP Around. As we've come to expect from Whirr, the first single "Mumble" is a thick, beautiful wall of sound that's seeming like a sign this album is one to look forward to. The record's produced by Jack Shirley (who also did both Deafheaven albums and a ton of other great stuff) and it'll be out September 23 via Graveface. Stream the new single, with the artwork and tracklist, below.
Whirr have also announced they'll head out on the road with slowcore/emo-gazers Cloakroom which will make for some very great and very appropriate double bills. The tour hits NYC on September 16 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketweb. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Nothing will be in NYC sooner when their tour with Ceremony and Iron Lung hits Brooklyn Night Bazaar on July 18. That show is free.
In related news, Jack Shirley, in addition to producing a bunch of great records over the past few years, was also a member of the late, great Comadre. Fortunately, he's teamed up with his brother/former Comadre bandmate Steven (and members of No Babies and Know Secrets) to form the new band, Everybody Row. They put out their debut EP, The Sea Inside, at the end of June on Vitriol Records (also home to Comadre). Unlike in Comadre, Jack takes co-lead vocals this time, splitting them with organist Jasmine Watson, and they make shouty post-punk/post-hardcore. It's a different style than Jack's former band, but that signature bass sound Steven got on Comadre's self-titled swan song is still all over this. Stream the EP in full below.
Whirr - "Mumble"
Whirr -- 2014 Tour Dates
8/30 San Fransisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Shop !
9/1 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar !
9/2 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo !
9/3 Tempe, AZ @ 51 West !
9/5 Dallas, TX @ Sons of Herman
9/6 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
9/7 Houston, TX @ Mangos
9/9 Orlando, FL, @ Backbooth
9/10 Savannah, GA @ Graveface HQ #
9/11 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Purgatory #
9/12 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 503 #
9/13 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter #
9/14 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery #
9/15 Philadelphia, PA @The Barbary #
9/16 New York, NY @ The Studio @ Webster Hall #
9/17 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs #
9/18 Hamden, CT @ The Space #
9/19 Montreal, QC @ Sala Rosa #
9/20 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck #
9/21 Cleveland, OH @ Mahalls #
9/22 Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar #
9/23 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen #
9/24 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
9/26 Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Collective
9/27 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed
9/28 Boise, ID @ The Crux
9/29 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project ^
9/30 Vancouver, BC @ The Electric Owl ^
10/1 Portland, WA @ Slabtown ^
! = w/ Sad Actor
# = w/ Cloakroom
^ = w/ Special Explosion
Everybody Row - The Sea Inside