WHIFFS, THE - Another Whiff LP
- Label: Dig! Records
- Catalog Number: DIG009
- Availability: In Stock
Can you smell what The Whiffs are cookin? Hint: it’s not Phish, Meatloaf
or a String Cheese Incident. Nope – Kansas City’s prodigal sons of
power pop are sticking to what they know on Another Whiff, their debut
full-length for Dig! Records. Since 2017’s Take A Whiff EP, the band has
been busy allowing their auditory aromas to ripen with the addition of
Joey Rubbish (of The Rubs) for a fuller, more robust sonic bouquet.
While the band can still get it up for Stiff Records – their pop-centric
punk remains in full force – the album takes detours down lonelier
roads in broken-hearted ballads from the heartland. No rocks left unturned on a journey forged by pioneers like Chilton and later Westerberg, the looming legacy of Petty and the cosmic country harmonies of The Byrds before them.
a year’s span, The Whiffs took their time recording, on and off, in
their makeshift basement practice space: Electric Babyland. This pace
and environs allowed the new lineup to coalesce, and get tour-tight on
the road with La Luz, Bad Sports and Patsy’s Rats. The result is a
unique album that is at once sprawling in direction and precise in
execution, with all the sonic stank you’d expect from sweaty beer plied
basement sessions. Out of the gate, “Shakin All Over” will register to
all of the senses, like you’re squatting in the corner of the basement,
imbibing with the band and absorbing every hit from Jake’s C&C kit
(note the frivolous plug for Jake’s drum company). After untold nights
into the wee hours of the morning, 14 tracks emerged as Another Whiff.
Expertly recorded by Joey, mixed by Vince Lawhon and mastered by Jordan
Richardson; the final package sounds like the sum of its parts, and all
the beers in between. Another Whiff shirks a sell-by date and trends de
jour, in favor of honest guitar driven, vocally infectious love songs
for the ages.
tunes and the triple-threat of Rory, Zach and Joey’s vocals set The
Whiffs apart from their peers. Three distinct songwriters with their own
personal flavors, delivering three-part harmonies for a unique rotation
of upbeat punk belters (“Now I Know”), achy ballads (“She”) and
triumphant tearjerkers (“How Could You”) that our troubled troubadours
dispense like a Greatest Hits Factory for the last half-century of all
of our all-time favorites.
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