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Album Review

Flamingo Honey, Whirlwind Heat's Dim Mak-released follow-up to Do Rabbits Wonder, is a mini-album in every

sense of the word: the band crams in ten songs in as many minutes. The results sound like they were locked up in a room and couldn't come out until they had written as many songs as they could in the shortest amount of time possible, but this off-the-cuff, on-the-fly approach actually suits the band better than the more studied feel of Do Rabbits Wonder. Although Dave Fridmann's crystalline, layered production is missed, on Flamingo Honey Whirlwind Heat sounds more distinctive than the Brainiac and Six Finger Satellite-isms of their debut. That's not to say that they're not still reminiscent of other bands, though; actually, with all the genre-hopping they do on this album, they bear more than a passing resemblance to Ween (especially on the silly electro send-up "H Is O" and on "Flamingo Lawns," which boasts trippy, helium-laced vocals and an out-of-tune harmonica) and Enon. The band really does pack a lot into Flamingo Honey's miniatures; from the Sonic Youth-like opener, "The Bone," to the bouncy new wave of "A Worm's Coat" to the shouty skronk of "Pearl Earrings," Whirlwind Heat explores several directions that would be worth pursuing in longer songs. But, like their labelmates Miracle Chosuke, the band shows on Flamingo Honey that short, noisy blasts of fun can have as much impact as longer releases — sometimes, even more so.


Formed: 1996 in Grand Rapids, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The Moog rock trio Whirlwind Heat -- whose name comes from the cover artwork for Sonic Youth's album Goo -- features vocalist/keyboardist David Swanson, bassist Steve Damstra, and drummer Brad Holland. Initially, the Grand Rapids, MI-area trio, who have been friends since fourth grade, had a more traditional guitar-bass-drums setup when they began playing in 1996, inspired by the likes of the Melvins and Mudhoney. The following year, however, Swanson switched from guitar to keyboard for a St. Patrick's...
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