Whirlwind Heat is a band whose story you should already know. They are not the new Gang of Four or New Order. They are three kids from Grand Rapids, Michigan who happened to catch the eye of Jack White four years ago. But there's no point in repeating all this. If you need more history than that go rent Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Really, all you need to know about Whirlwind Heat is included in their latest album, Types of Wood. Inspired by the crisp drum sounds on Cake's Fashion Nugget, the Heat drove cross-country to Paradise Studio in Sacramento to work with Kirt Shearer and Craig Long. Soon after, the band signed to Leo Silverman's Brille Records.
Not limited to just writing, producing, and financing their own album, Swanson (vocals, moog), Steve Damstra II (bass), and Brad Holland (drums) shoot their own videos and short films, create their own artwork, design their own clothing and coloring books, and develop their own website. Add to that Whirlwind Heat's recent tour with Beck, past tours with White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Kills, and their consistent visual contributions from photog-supreme Terry Richardson and it's quite evident that everyone who wrote them off before will slowly have to recant and pay attention. Whirlwind Heat are in their prime and it'd be best for you to recognize.
Catch their whirling dervish live show at the following dates:
April 18 – Glasgow Garage – Glasgow
April 19 – Sunderland Manor – Quays Sunderland
April 20 – Manchester Academy – Manchester
April 21 – Coliseum – Coventry
April 22 – Astoria – London
Headline UK Tour
April 24 – The End, Trash – London
April 26 – Crypt – Hastings
April 28 – Academy 2 – Liverpool
April 29 – Club NME – Stoke
May 1 – Club NME – Newcastle
May 2 – High Voltage – Manchester
May 3 – Academy 2 – Birmingham
May 4 – Club NME – Nottingham
May 5 – Stereo – Glasgow
May 7 – Cabaret Voltaire – Edinburgh
May 8 – Colloseum – Coventry
May 11 – TBA – Brighton
May 12 – Club NME – London
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