Listen to Whirr’s ominous, glorious new song, “Mumble,” from Sway
Photo credit: Ryan McClain Bicostal shoegazers Whirr have released their newest song, “Mumble.” The song is from their forthcoming album Sway (Graveface Records).
“Mumble” kicks in immediately with a thick blast of distorted guitar that gives way to a steady pulsing, anthem-like quality. It’s a sweeping, gorgeous wave of noise that never lets up, and retains Whirr’s characteristic ability to transport the listener into a different state of mind.
One of the members of Whirr is Nick Bassett, who is also a member of Philly’s Nothing. Whirr and Nothing recently toured together, and along with Nothing’s Dominic Palermo, have a group of their own, Death of Lovers. Bassett now lives in Philly.
“It’s not conceptual, entirely, but it’s intended to ebb and flow in a certain way—one song being aggressive, then dropping out and being pretty but devastating,” Bassett says about the new album. “We tried to create an atmosphere, where you listen and get vibed into one tone. The aesthetic of the band is more aimed at mature punk rather than alternative rock,” he says. “There are these more aggressive punk elements—noisy feedback, a snare roll that just goes into super-punchy, driving songs.”