"They're magic. The Black Whales are magic. That's the only explanation for it." -The Stranger
Seattle psych-pop rock band Black Whales release their second LP entitled Through The Prism, Gently, out November 11th, 2014 with Limited Edition colored vinyl out on Sunless Sea Records. Influenced by artists such as Kurt Vile, The Velvet Underground, and The Flaming Lips, their sound drifts between booming, almost danceable psychedelic anthems to darker and more ambient territories. Pulling heavily from groups that have inspired them over the years, the band draws comparisons to groups from 13th Floor Elevators and The Jesus and Mary Chain to more modern day contemporaries such as The War On Drugs and Crocodiles.
Formed in the winter of 2008, the group is comprised of Alex Robert on guitar and lead vocals, Mica Crisp on on lead guitar, Adam Fream on drums, Ryan Middleton on bass, and David Martin on keys and backup vocals. In September 2009, The Black Whales released their premiere EP entitled Origins on Mt. Fuji Records.Their unique sound has taken them around the US and saw Black Whales sharing stages with groups like The Breeders, Wooden Shjips, Vetiver, The Presidents of the United States of America, My Best Fiend and The Night Marchers, to name a few. The group has traveled coast to coast, playing festivals from national events such as SXSW, CMJ, San Diego Music Thing, Sasquatch! and Bumbershoot to more local Northwest events such as, Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party, Doe Bay Fest and Portland's Music Fest NW.
Black Whales went into the studio in 2010 to begin working on material alongside studio talents such as John Goodmanson, Zack Reining and most recently, Richard Swift (The Shins, Damien Jurado, etc.) and Eric Corson (The Long Winters, Perfume Genius) and ended up with what would become Through The Prism, Gently. Sunless Sea Records is excited to partner with the band as they birth this new record into the world.
"The Seattle quintet treads delicately on enough musical styles that none really define the band...Rather than mimicking the styles of their heroes they do what any band worth a second listen does: they eke out their own sound from those colliding influences," writes the Glorious Noise.