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Recognized in 2011 by LA Music Blog Rollo & Grady as their “Artist to Watch,” Whalers is a rock and roll band from Austin – a group comprised of friends of friends from around Texas. Though Whalers is just two years old, the band has gathered a loyal and sizeable local following, playing nearly every major Austin venue, and becoming a regular fixture at places like Club Deville and Lamberts. Most recently, they were invited to record a Daytrotter session at Matt Oliver’s Big Orange studios, which is now available for download.

Influenced by a number of prolific rock and roll bands including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, White Stripes, and Brian Jonestown Massacre, Whalers blend the sounds of past greats with modern themes and arrangements to craft songs that resonate across the decades. Their approach is simple – Whalers make music that they want to listen to.

Stylistically, Whalers’ music reflects their collective appreciation of simplicity, as well as their disdain for wasted notes. Whalers make it a point to “get the most out of their instruments” with “songs that are transportive in nature… Everything fits and each song is tight.” (The Steam Engine). Picture 60’s surf-wave mixed with modern folk-pop with a 90’s rock slap in the mouth.

After 12 sets during SXSW 2011, Whalers showed not only their dedication to live performance, but also their love for partying at large (whether participating or merely providing the soundtrack). Along the way, they have shared the stage with groups including The Black & White Years, Ponderosa, Sunset, TV Torso, and Daniel Hart (The Polyphonic Spree).


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