Whirr Announce Summer Tour Dates; Mini-LP Around Out July 9 On Graveface Records

By on June 20, 2013


On July 9 Graveface records will release Whirr’s new release Around. The mini LP will be available on CD, vinyl and cassette and is available for pre-order at the Graveface Records’ online store. You can listen to “Swoon” from Around at Pitchfork or Soundcloud. Whirr just announced a US tour in support of the release, including shows with Nothing. All dates are listed below. More shows will be announced shortly.


With two albums to date, Bay Area six-piece Whirr has developed a reputation for dirgeful shoegaze, buttressed with textured layers or guitar and weighty, driving compositions. Spacious and moody, their 2012 LP Pipe Dream drew comparisons to heavyweights of the genre

My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Slowdive.Pitchfork said, “The overall sound– patient, spacious, loud, colorful– is comparable to Swirlies, Velocity Girl, or some other small DIY American group you’d call “smeary” or “shoegaze” and attempt to link to Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine

in the 1990s.” 


Now, Whirr returns with Around, which finds the group restrained, but no less dark. Here, they explore longer songs, with their shortest clocking in at just under six minutes. Catchy melodies, traditionally a part of the band’s wheelhouse, give way here to a droning ambience, shifting Whirr slightly from their shoegaze core toward a dour post-rock sound. Vocalists Kristina Esfandiari and Loren Rivera keep their contributions misty and abstract, serving here as additional instruments more than messengers. But the thunderous drums and lavish guitar work remain – albeit in a colder, glassier form – making Around both a departure and a logical step forward from Whirr’s previous work.  


Whirr Tour Dates


07.31 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Underground

08.01 – Midland, TX @ Pinebox

08.02 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

08.03 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk

08.06 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar *

08.07 – Jacksonville, FL @ Atticus Bar *

08.08 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *

08.09 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor *

08.10 – Philadelphia, PA @ AKA Records (free early show)
08.10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (late show) * 

08.11 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *

08.13 – New York City, NY @ Saint Vitus * 

08.15 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott *

08.16 – Montreal, QC @ Casa * 

08.17 – Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar * 

08.18 – Cleveland, OH @ Weapons of Mass Creation *

08.20 – Detroit, MI @ Garden Bowl *

08.21 – Chicago, IL @ Quenchers *

08.26 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project * 

08.27 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar *


* with Nothing


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