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ARTIST
TITLE
Whoosh (White Vinyl)
FORMAT
LP

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CATALOG #
TLV 119X-LP TLV 119X-LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/15/2019

LP version. White vinyl. Whoosh may indeed be a silly word but it almost onomatopoeically captures the sound and essence of The Stroppies first proper debut album, one that breezes along with boundless energy, a refrained pop strut, infectious grooves, and the sort of jangling guitar melodies that sound like a prime-era Flying Nun band. Between them, the Melbourne-based band -- currently comprising of Gus Lord, Rory Heane, Claudia Serfaty, and Adam Hewitt -- have been in countless bands such as Boomgates, Twerps, Tyrannamen, Primetime, Blank Statements, The Blinds, White Walls, See Saw, and Possible Humans. The band formed together around a kitchen table in 2016 with a heavy focus around the essence of collaboration and a DIY ethos. This led to an acclaimed cassette release of lounge room recordings, which was then pressed onto vinyl to more acclaim. The Stroppies next step was then taking their DIY approach to home recordings into the studio to make a transitional leap to what would become their proper studio debut. "Whoosh is our first concerted effort to make something with a bit more sonic depth," says Claudia Serfaty (the band's other primary songwriter). It's a record that possesses all the spunk and gusto of a young band hurtling forward yet also knowing when to take their foot off the accelerator. It's an album that simultaneously feels young and fresh but wise beyond its years. "Whoosh is the most robust sounding release we have ever recorded," Serfaty says. Combining taut post-punk rhythms, indie jangle, seamless melody and sugary pop, it's a record that Lord says is influenced by: "All sorts of things -- life, work, relationships, old cartoons, and the last 60+ years of guitar-based pop music in some form or another. This includes everything from Bill Fay to The Clean to Stephen Malkmus. We utilized whatever was on hand to pull sounds, including but not limited to vintage synths, rain sticks and an old door frame that we used for percussion." RIYL: Guided by Voices, Pavement, Terry, The Chills, The Clean, The Verlaines.