Whalers Performs Aftershow at Stubb’s Indoor Venue
I’m looking forward to hearing the forthcoming full-length release by Austin-based quintet Whalers. They’d been working on the new stuff throughout the summer, although they managed to squeeze in an EP release show last July to share a couple of new tracks, “Bon Vivant” and “Pennywhistle Park Place” (my fave, used in this edition of the Austin Music Minute.)
They definitely own the surfer style, utilizing the rolling percussion and guitars you’d hear in ‘60s beach music. They also know how to rock the nautical theme, as is evidenced by previous releases, the EP Paddle Easy and the single Sunsets Suck (2011), both of which run along the aquatic vibe. (Of course, there’s also the band photos.) But this is not a revisiting of Beach Boys-esque melodies. They put their own spin on the sound, combining some parts indie, other parts psychedelic, a number of influences.
This is definitely an aftershow you need to check out. Whalers will perform tonight on Stubb’s indoor stage, 801 Red River, immediately following the Waller Creek Amphitheater show with Beach House and The Walkmen. Whalers play at around 10:30 p.m. Recommended.