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Thursday, December 4, 2008

SF's Or, The Whale to Play at the Independent, Release Debut Album in Jan.

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If you haven't heard of Or, The Whale yet, the month of January is set to change that. The SF-based indie-country-folksters' debut album, On Light Poles and Pines, releases on Jan. 20, and has been described as omnipotent, epic, and painfully reflective. If you like your thoughts wistful and your alcohol grainy, then this might be the album for you. Check out their debut single, "Call and Response," then get tickets for their Jan. 16 show at the Independent. Click 'More' for more info. --Oscar Pascual

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.



Jan. 16 San Francisco, CA The


Or, The Whale
Or, The

Light Poles

and Pines
Street date: Jan. 20,


01.    Call and

02.    Saint Bernard
03.    Threads
04.    Isn't She

05.    Death of Me
06.    Crack a Smile
07.    Fixin' to

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




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