New Band of the Day #59: Gnarwhal

They grow up so quickly.

Crucial out May 12th on Exploding In Sound Records. On tour with Pile.

Who: The wonderfully monikered Chappy Hull (vocals/guitar) and Tyler Coburn (drums). One sounds like the name of something that afflicts pirates, the other sounds like a 1890’s prospector.

What:  Math punk/post-hardcore. (FFO: Minutemen, METZ)

Where: Nashville, Tennessee.

Why:  Alright, so classifying this bizarro twosome as ‘new’ is somewhat of a stretch. their upcoming album Crucial, out May 12th via Exploding in Sound Records, is their second LP and they started releasing music all the way back in the halycon days of 2010. However, we’ve only just heard their raw and chaotic math punk so fuck it.

Their approach is imposing and terrifying with focus largely on cacophony rather than melody. On first listen you’d be forgiven for mistaking the maelstrom as off the cuff nonsense. However, under the cover of raw fuzz and a lo-fi sensibility, is a definite plan. For us, first listen was akin to the first listen to Minutemen. First reaction, “What the fuck is this random garbage?”. Second reaction, “Wait a second. This is okay.” Third reaction, “This is really basting my turkey!”

Also, we love how Clrvynt dubbed Gnarwhal “a brainier METZ”. What a kick in the nuts to METZ!

Tour Dates (all dates with Pile):

04/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Palberta & HIRS
04/13 – Washington, DC @ DC9 w/ Two Inch Astronaut
04/14 – Durham, NC @ Duke Coffeehouse
04/15 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
04/16 – Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records
04/17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory)
04/18 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge w/ Null
04/19 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (Florida State University) w/ Big Heet
04/20 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa w/ Pope & Treadles
04/21 – Houston, TX @ The Satellite Bar
04/22 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
04/23 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
04/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge w/ Twin Ponies
04/27 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
04/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
04/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Pardoner
05/02 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
05/03 – Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
05/05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
05/06 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
05/07 – Omaha, NE @ River City Star
05/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
05/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
05/11 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
05/12 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
05/13 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
05/14 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
05/15 – Cambridge, MA @ Charlie’s Kitchen w/ Kal Marks, Birthing Hips & Big Mess *
05/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Glove w/ GRID & Maneka *

* no Pile

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