Saturday, January 31, 2009

Or, The Whale: album details, tour dates, MP3

Or, The Whale are a seven-piece country/folk band from California that have recently re-released their debut album, Light Poles and Pines, earlier this month. The band's slightly twangy southern rock sound is full of sweet vocal harmony and lush instrumentation; think a smoother, lighter version of the Drive-By Truckers. You can get a preview of their new album by downloading the melancholy ballad "Rope Don't Break" below. You can also hear another, more upbeat song from the album, called "Call and Response" over at the band's MySpace page. Both are worth a listen.

Rope Don't Break (MP3)

Track List for Light Poles and Pines:

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

Or, The Whale have also announced a February/March tour:

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