Artist info

Genre

Pop, Rock


Sounds like


band members

Ryan Meeking, Brett Scapin, Simon Rabl


Influences

warren zevon, elbow, John Lennon


Bio

Existing over the years in many forms and with many names, independent Melbourne band, Whitaker, has for the best part of a decade been relentlessly creating, releasing and touring new music. At its core, Whitaker is formed by the dedicated talents of Ryan Meeking, Brett Scapin and Simon Rabl - musicians raised by Melbourne’s vibrant music scene. Some have likened Whitaker to the illegitimate cross-child of Elbow, The Shins, Warren Zevon and Billy Joel. You can make up your own mind. /// 'WICHITA' EP out NOV 22 /// Rule number one when Whitaker were making ‘Wichita’ was that nothing matters more than the vibe. As a result, a lot of what you hear on the five-track EP was recorded in old halls and awesome sounding spaces around Melbourne. The title track ‘Wichita’ saw the Abbotsford Convent's auditorium filled with a choir of the band’s friends and two brothers playing brass. Party vibes ensued. Produced by good friend Jono Steer (Hayden Calnin, Gypsy & The Cat, Ainslie Wills) work began on ‘Wichita’ in July 2013. Wichita is the embodiment of Whitakers sound. It is joyous, patient, thoughtful, raw and intense. Made under the bands own steam, they believe it to be their best work yet and a sign of things to come. ‘Wichita’ is the follow on from the band’s 2012 debut self-titled LP. Independently released, the album was recorded two years prior in Atlanta, GA with acclaimed producer Nick DiDia (Powderfinger, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen) and was received by sold-out audiences and smiling faces. 2013 Tour Dates... Sun 3 Nov - Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne VIC - supporting Tom Kline Fri 15 Nov – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane QLD – supporting Gossling Wed 20 Nov – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC – supporting Gossling Sat 23 Nov – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney NSW – supporting Gossling Fri Nov 29 – Revolver, Melbourne VIC ('Wichita' EP LAUNCH) Fri Dec 13 - Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne VIC - supporting Ben Abraham

Review

Reviewed by Richard Kingsmill Richard Ki...

02 Dec 2013

Triple J
40

A confidentally ...

A confidentally crafted laidback folk rock song. Headbangers need not download.

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Review

Reviewed by Rosie Beaton Rosie Beaton

07 Nov 2013

Triple J
40

wow - i was tipp...

wow - i was tipped off to suss you guys - this is cool stuff. lovely harmonies and every instrument under the sun make this song swirl

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