The glorious, musically satisfying comeback of a band that was just about to break through to a wider audience a few years ago when their lead singer Evan Phillips was taken out of commission and live performance for seven months because of an obstinate injury. We’re talking about The Whipsaws, a hopeful combo from Anchorage, Alaska, a region that has so far not been known for its plethora of talent in the Americana/alt.country genre. After Phillips’s recovery, the band got back together, played some shows, wrote new songs and recorded this album. It’s not an accident that the album is self-titled like debuts usually are. This is a second coming. No question: The Whipsaws is a success, it ties in with their earlier output and yet it’s a reboot – Alaska is back to claim its place on the map of rock’n’roll!
Anchorage, Alaska? We’ve all heard of these special places in the States that heroes like the Drive-By Truckers, Bottle Rockets, Son Volt, Whiskeytown, Blue Mountain & co. come from: Athens, St.Louis, Raleigh, Oxford or simply Austin, Nashville and Memphis are towns with a certain guitar flavor to them. The Whipsaws have no ties to these places, they have developed their sound independently and grown into an original, distinguished band in their remote corner of the USA. 2008 was the first time they left their home, working as backing band for Tim Easton, touring all across the USA and leaving quite a mark, particularly at SXSW in Austin. None other than Lucinda Williams was full of praise for the band after they shared a gig at Antone’s. Blue Rose Records were equally blown away and took the opportunity to sign the Whipsaws practically right from the stage.
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