Whalebones live on Audioasis, High Dive, Seattle 12/1
photo from Sound on the Sound
Every Friday, we deliver a different song from a local performer as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “Blood Bank” by Whalebones from the 2007 Morning Man EP on Lucky Horse Industries.
You know, I really think Billy Gibbons could take Rick Wakeman in a mud wrestling match. RW has majesty, but Billy’s got mojo. I never expected to picture this scenario, but I’ve got Whalebones to thank. “Bloodbank” is a caterwauling slice of meta-sludge so heavy it’s practically subterranean. Ever distrustful of my own opinion, I looked to see what others had said and found a local weekly rag comparing the band to Crazy Horse and that band’s unwavering “tight-knit backbeat.” Huh? What makes Crazy Horse great is a complete *lack* of tightness in their knitting. They rock, and they waver, but with a sonic wobble so imposing they just roll flat whatever’s in their path. “Blood Bank” has The Big Wobble too -- along with some gorgeous harmonies courtesy of vocalists Justin Deary and Amy Blaschke, all wrapped in delightfully raw, stoner-friendly production. More, please.
Here’s “Bloodbank” as performed by Whalebones at the dearly missed Crocodile Cafe on 9-25-07: