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New Or, The Whale MP3, plus new tour dates, and SXSW

By January 25, 2009No Comments

Or, The Whale

MP3: Or, The Whale – “Rope Don’t Break”

Or, the Whale is a collective of members who prove power in numbers. With a strong DIY ethic, and a Carter Family chemistry, they’ve continued to warm hearts and move feet throughout the Country. They deliver honesty and energy every time, weaving driving indie-rock epics, sweet folk lullabies, boot-stompin’ country rockers, and gritty blues porch anthems into a seamless and powerful performance.

The band’s debut album Light Poles and Pines can be omnipotent and epic (“Life and Death at Sea”), painfully reflective (“Rope Don’t Break”), or both (“Fight Song”). On “Life and Death at Sea,” defeated, raspy lead vocals sink under a whining pedal steel until pulled up by rousing harmonies. In contrast, “Call and Response”, the CD’s lead single, is a whiskey-soaked energetic anthem with a raucous and contagious rhythm that belies a reflective commentary. And really, that’s the secret behind Or, the Whale’s draw: their songs are honest, intelligent, and offer a refreshing modern connection to traditional American music.


02-11 San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah Saloon
02-19 Eureka, CA – The Pearl Lounge
02-20 Portland, OR – Berbati’s Pan
02-21 Seattle, WA – The Sunset Tavern
03-12 Los Angeles, CA – Silverlake Lounge*
03-16 El Paso, TX – Zeppelin’s
03-18 Austin, TX – SXSW
03-19 Denton, TX – The Boilerroom
03-21 Ft. Worth, TX – The Chat Room Pub
03-24 Denver, CO – Meadowlark
03-25 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
03-27 Sacramento, CA – Luigi’s Fun Garden
03-28 Berkeley, CA – Starry Plough

* = w/ Willoughby, a FORCE FIELD PR Presents Show!

Or, The Whale
Light Poles and Pines
Street date: Jan. 20, 2009

01. Call and Response
02. Saint Bernard
03. Threads
04. Isn’t She Awful
05. Death of Me
06. Crack a Smile
07. Fixin’ to Leave
08. Rope Don’t Break
09. Life and Death at Sea
10. Gonna Have To
11. Bound to Go Home
12. Prayer for the Road
13. Fight Song


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