Bay Area post-shoegaze sextet WHIRR release its debut full length Pipe Dreams on Tee Pee Records. Recorded in Palo Alto, CA at The Atomic Garden (Grayceon, Rocky Votolato) the ten song effort generates suspenseful songs of soothing, razor sharp guitar textures backed by soft, cooling vocals.
WHIRR's celestial sound has been described as "if My Bloody Valentine decided to cooperate with Sonic Youth" and has drawn comparison to influential acts such as Slowdive, Lush, Ride and The Cocteau Twins. With Pipe Dreams, the band's supercharged spirit rejuvenates the '90s shoegaze sound, providing a widescreen update for the post-millennial era. WHIRR's wall of lush guitars, breathy vocals, dreamy synth and thunderous drumming propel listening ears into a near-cinematic realm where instantly catchy melodies and emotional, enveloping atmospheres hang perfectly in the balance. The sound of WHIRR is a totalizing crush when texture and volume hit perfect balance and bright pop melodies wander through dark, dense guitar noise. Twenty years after My Bloody Valentine awed music fans with its now-classic "Loveless" LP, WHIRR takes hold of the reins and let's its fluid, immaculate surge of drones and reverberations light the way.
"We're all really excited about how the record turned out and are excited for people to hear it." says WHIRR guitarist Nick Bassett (also of San Francisco black metal band Deafheaven, whose debut album "Roads to Judah" was named as one of NPR's "Best Metal Albums Of 2011"). "Pipe Dreams is far superior to our previous music in many ways. It's much more dynamic and diverse, and the songwriting has matured greatly."
The track listing for WHIRR's Pipe Dreams is as follows:
5.) Formulas and Frequencies
6.) Home Is Where My Head Is
WHIRR features Nick Bassett (guitar), Joseph Bautista (guitar), Alexandra Morte (vocals / keys), Sergio Miranda (drums), Loren Rivera (guitar / vocals) and Eddie Salgado (bass).
"a true-sounding neo-shoegaze group. They've taken the melodies and textures from the shoegaze genre and stylings and pushed them forward with a punk sensibility. Needless to say, I am hooked." - THE FIRST FIVE
"shoegazey gorgeousness" - BROOKLYN VEGAN
"Recommended if you like My Bloody Valentine & Slowdive." - ALTERNAPOP
"(Whirr) are more than aware that you can easily turn your guitars up full and ride a distortion pedal until your ears bleed but it won't account for anything without that underlying melody that pulls every piece inwards, succeeding in a formula of unforgettable hook-laden tracks." - BLIPSTYLE
"they have set the bar extremely high. It's shoegaze. It's loud as fuck. It's really good." - ABSOLUTE PUNK
"Although barely a year old, Californian six-piece Whirl seem as if they've been playing together most of their lives, cocooned away honing their sound waiting for the right time to unleash their carefully orchestrated wares." - DROWNED IN SOUND