Let's Take Five: An interview with Whale House

Following the release of their two live videos ‘Red Sun’ and ‘Think About Me’, we spoke to US based alternative band Whale House about these latest tracks, hybrid release formats and star signs.

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Photos by Scotify

Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce your band.

Hi!  We’re a rock trio from Eau Claire, WI. Whale House is the name. Clayton and myself (Caleb) switch off doing guitar, bass, and vocals, and Chris handles the drums.  It has been brought to our attention that we happen to all be Virgos… Do what you will with that! Some people have called our music grunge and there’s a strong 90’s alternative influence for sure, but I like to think that we give everything we do a pretty thorough twist, if you know what I mean.  

One of the tracks featured in the videos, ‘Think Of Me’ was released earlier this year on a limited run of turntable CD’s (a CD which can be played on both a record player and in a CD player). I found this a rather unique way of releasing a track and was wondering where you got the idea to release the track in this manner?

Clayton took a drive through the desert to visit some friends in Tucson, AZ and happened to come across a small company there that made these hybrids.  We’d never seen anything like it before. Seemed like something we had to try!

With the rapid drop in CD sales and the rise of the vinyl, do you think the hybrid of turntable CD’s will catch on?

I don’t know. It definitely seems like one of those “best of both worlds” products.  It’s got the vinyl factor for the aficionados, plus you can rip MP3’s to your computer or listen to it in your car (for those of us that still have a CD player in their car of course). I’m a fan.

From the looks of things, you’ve been quite busy gig-wise this year. As a band, do you have any pre-gig/post-gig rituals?

The last gig we played, my “ritual” was getting my radiator replaced.  I hit a raccoon driving through a heavily wooded area on my way to the venue and it did some major damage to the underside of my car. I felt really bad about it… But that’s the backwoods of Wisconsin for you. Usually though it’s much more pleasant: have a beer, chat about life. We show up, load in, get a feel for the venue and enjoy the scenery of wherever we are playing. We enjoy getting to know the local scene and having interactions with new musicians and the friendships that come out of a gig are priceless. To end the night we usually stay up too late talking about the awesomeness of the evening, while yelling because we can’t hear anything.

Finally, have you got anything to share regarding what you’ve got planned for the remainder of 2016/the beginning of 2017?  

Yeah we’ve got a few more gigs around our home base (Eau Claire, Wisconsin/Minneapolis, Minnesota), and then we’re going to start working on a full-length record.  We’ve got most of the songs mapped out already. We’re trying to be more concise with the writing than we have been in the past, and a little more straightforward; nothing over 4 minutes.  We’re really excited to get started and have successfully secured a Producer & Visual Artist for the record, which we plan to announce sometime in 2017. Stay tuned!

We thank very much Whale House for their time answering these questions! You can listen to both ‘Red Sun’ and ‘Think Of Me’ by Whale House below via Youtube and also find the band on both Facebook/Twitter.

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