The summer’s has come and gone. We planted our seeds and danced in the sun. They grew, we watched them. Our life isn’t over, but it’s tine to reap what we’ve sown. It’s time to sit around a fire and listen to each other’s warm weather stories before we prepare for the cold. It’s time to join in song, not to rejoice but to accept. It’s time to accept, happily in time, the things we have from what we’ve put into them. Thanksgiving brings the end of a season of yearning. Days will slow; things will die, but not yet. New relationships, wherever they are, hold true, old rituals have made it to another year. Things are ok. Today is a holiday….
I may have just completely missed the point of the Whale and the Warbler’s new album “Thanksgiving” but goddmannit, I’m emoting.
The band, a folk like six pieces, is driven by Connor McCann’s guitar and enveloping storybook lyrics and fully supported by a band walking every inch of his lyrical journey with him.
With generally slow beginnings a Whale and the Warbler song will sit you down to violin and guitar, raise you up with a dueling trombone and trumpet and bring you back down again only to make you dance to an explosion of solos, crashing symbols and gang vocals chanting the end of a song.
Over a Facebook conversation, while being in a state of emotional confusion that I was in, the band lead some insight into their style.
“I think largely those we just love being loud,” McCann said. “As a band, I think we all see value in dynamics, we love to be able to create emotions, quiet sections allow us to really force you to listen to the words…the loud sections allow us to insert the intensity when we want it”
Steve Rosenzweig, trumpet, added “ I like to picture our music as it would look on sound waves and try to make the peaks as big and the valleys as small as possible, but I think the quiet sections can be just as intense as the loud ones. Everyone is on edge listening and anticipating.”
The band, itself, cherishes the music too.
“I love that, as much as we love to create sounds capes that change and force you to dance, it’s the best for us when we can make each other dance a little more, or yell a little louder,” McCann said.
“We really try to put everything we have into the songs, physically and emotionally.”
Rosenweig agreed. “Every time we play I get sucked into the story of each song”
Dan Lynch, guitarist and album mixer joined.
“When I began mixing, I immediately took these songs on as my own. I remember having this change of heart when it all sank in: these are my songs as much as Connor’s… as much as the rest of the band…each band member feels like a pinnacle piece.”’
Recording for Whale and the Warbler has been even better for the music too, cut live in a Geneseo church.
“Because it was recorded live, we captured a decent amount of our stage presence right to tape. But our stage energy has near tripled in capacity, so now we sing even harder, play even louder, break things more readily, we perform exactly how we want to and we fuggin’ love it.” Lynch said.
Together the band is a ‘must see’ and an ‘only listen to when you want to hear great music’ kind of group. Its six talented musicians coming together to make great music.
Mccann said it well during the interview.
“It’s a family business.”