Pipe Dreams by Whirr on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ever since the early '90s, many shoegaze-inclined American bands have tried to contend and compete with the likes of Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Swervedriver, and Chapterhouse (to name a few). And with identically muted vocals, blissed-out guitar distortion, and sonic walls of sound, several stateside bands have come close—except where the consistent quality of songwriting is concerned. Northern California’s Whirr could be the first band to qualify. Its 2012 album Pipe Dreams opens with “Reverse,” where a prerequisite guitar delay undulates through blankets of reverb as ethereal female vocals coo at a barely audible volume. But then the song bursts open with melodic guitar riffs, setting the stage for a memorable listening experience. “Junebouvier” is so catchy that it nearly sounds like power pop disguised as dream-pop. And anyone who appreciated the punk approach to the faster tunes on MBV’s Isn’t Anything will feel at home with “Bogus.” The slower “Flashback” boasts impressive guitar effects, but the band doesn't let such bells and whistles take center stage when there’s a beautifully sung melody to embrace.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ever since the early '90s, many shoegaze-inclined American bands have tried to contend and compete with the likes of Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Swervedriver, and Chapterhouse (to name a few). And with identically muted vocals, blissed-out guitar distortion, and sonic walls of sound, several stateside bands have come close—except where the consistent quality of songwriting is concerned. Northern California’s Whirr could be the first band to qualify. Its 2012 album Pipe Dreams opens with “Reverse,” where a prerequisite guitar delay undulates through blankets of reverb as ethereal female vocals coo at a barely audible volume. But then the song bursts open with melodic guitar riffs, setting the stage for a memorable listening experience. “Junebouvier” is so catchy that it nearly sounds like power pop disguised as dream-pop. And anyone who appreciated the punk approach to the faster tunes on MBV’s Isn’t Anything will feel at home with “Bogus.” The slower “Flashback” boasts impressive guitar effects, but the band doesn't let such bells and whistles take center stage when there’s a beautifully sung melody to embrace.

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About Whirr

Formed in 2010 as a side project of Deafheaven guitarist Nick Bassett, and originally dubbed "Whirl" for a short time before changing their name due to copyright troubles, Bay Area sextet Whirr channeled the dreamy spirit of shoegaze giants of the '90s like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Ride. Joined by bandmembers Joey Bautista, Byanca Munoz, Sergio Miranda, Loren Rivera, and Eddie Salgado, Bassett quickly started releasing music through smaller avenues, starting with a 2011 EP entitled Distressor, followed by a few singles and cassette releases before their proper debut album, Pipe Dreams, arrived in 2012. Whirr toured internationally, gaining fans with their guitar-heavy shoegaze revivalist sound. In 2013 they issued another four-song EP, the languid and drifty Around. By 2014, Bassett had also joined shoegaze band Nothing, original drummer Miranda had left Whirr (to be replaced by Devin Nunes), and the group released its second full-length album, Sway. That same year the group released two split EPs, one in the spring with Anne and one in the fall with Nothing. ~ Fred Thomas

  • ORIGIN
    San Francisco, CA
  • FORMED
    2010

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