POPMATTERS PREMIERES VULTURE WHALE’S
VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “CAN’T HELP IT”
New LP, Aluminium, out now on Cornelius Chapel Records
Watch Vulture Whale’s “Can’t Help It” video at PopMatters
RIYL: Dinosaur Jr, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, The Replacements, Heartless Bastards, Built To Spill
Vulture Whale has also been featured previously at SPIN, Fader, Brooklyn Vegan & more.
Stream tracks from Aluminium via Soundcloud
Vulture Whale. Photo by Tym Cornell
“Spellbinding frontman Wes McDonald gives his wild-eyed tales a real sizzle, spitting tortured emotions in a funky sneer, offering insults and existential reflection with the same itchy angst.” – SPIN
“The best rock band you haven’t heard … music you might have heard on Matador in the mid-‘90s, but the band imbues it with its own Southern shuffle.” – PopMatters
“Recalls the softer side of the Pixies.” – FADER
“Takes its cues from the working-class shuffle of Thin Lizzy circa Jailbreak, the gutter dreams of The Replacements, and the brutal realism of fellow southerners Archers of Loaf.” – Flood Magazine
“Immersed in controlled chaos that shows a spellbinding talent, begging the classic question—’Why the hell aren’t these guys HUGE already?’” – Glide Magazine
“Sharp, muscular … recalls some of the Indie giants of the ’90s.” – PureVolume
“Think the Wedding Present teaming up with mid-period Archers of Loaf. … On the short list of must-see out-of-towners now that we know they can rock a party like it’s 1967.” – Nashville Scene
“British Invasion spunk mixed into their story-driven lyrics of such diverse topics as days at the beach and politicians on the run from police, Vulture Whale has rock energy in spades, with plenty of imagination to spare.” – The Aquarian Weekly
JUNE 24, 2016 — PopMatters has premiered Vulture Whale’s video for their new single “Can’t Help It,” writing, “it’s exactly what you’d expect from a scuzzy stoner rock song. Detuned guitars riff low and riff hard (with the exception of a crystalline treble solo midway through), cymbals crash like there’s no tomorrow, and vocalist Wes McDonald doesn’t so much sing into the mic as mumble noncommittally. In other words, it’s everything you could want from the style.” The Southern indie rockers’ new LP Aluminium is out now on Cornelius Chapel Records.
Vulture Whale was born out of the indie-punk bomb shelters of Birmingham, Ala.—the inevitable union of The Ohms and now-defunct Merge Records Verbena, both purveyors of cult-favorite records that inspired scores of Southeastern kids worth their snot in rock & roll to go off on a fool quest and start their own bands. Originally dubbed Wes McDonald and The Fizz, the quartet featured Verbena drummer/guitarist Lester Nuby III, the formidable rhythm section of Keelan Parrish on bass and Jake Waitzman on drums, with frontman Wes McDonald (aka Terry Ohms of The Ohms) on vocals and rhythm and lead guitar. But then Nuby’s surrealist dream of a vulture eating a whale birthed a fresh moniker and creative direction and a the band was born.
Vulture Whale’s 2007 self-titled debut, released on Nuby’s Ol’ Elegante stamp, was a nearly perfect Southern indie rock record, tapping the same vein as remarkable first LPs by McDonald’s Ohms and Nuby’s Verbena in 2000 and 1997, respectively. McDonald’s singing channels the sophisticated British sneer of The Jam’s Paul Weller, with a slight nod to Mick Jagger, and a whole lot of his own Southern charm. Nuby and McDonald trade guitarwork, forming an impervious front with Parrish and Waitzman, each upholding their end like a jack stud supporting a header in a stick-framed house. All the while, the ship is calmly steered by musical-savant-come-bar-stool-comedian McDonald, his take on songwriting beautifully exotic, weaving between perfect indie pop and obtuse punk. Vulture Whale is a cornucopia of styles and permutations, draped in the critically acclaimed shroud of indie rock and its rags.
Aluminium, is the band’s first on the newly revamped Cornelius Chapel Records imprint, headed by Dexateens frontman Elliott McPherson. Aluminium is locked and loaded—genuine American rock & roll of the Southern persuasion with ample crunch and inspired riffs shot through with Brit Invasion bravado.