Rip roaring live

London livewires Whistlejacket return to the stage hard: clock the first action here then go feel it yourself
By Alex James Taylor | Music | 18 February 2015
Photography Sean Carpenter
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Whistlejacket live at Birthdays, shot by Sean Carpenter

Above: Whistlejacket at Birthdays, shot by Sean Carpenter

Translating the sort of multi-textured, melted guitar patterns that Whistlejacket purvey to a live setting isn’t as easy as one may assume. And yet the young London band do it with such ease. Following a brief hiatus from the live music scene, Whistlejacket came back hard on Valentine’s Day, tearing down Birthdays in Dalston and no doubt shaking any listless love-affected onlookers back to reality.

Although they have only released one EP as yet (read our interview with the band following the release here) – and one three track Christmas special release – the band have already set up their stall as one of the most enthralling London acts of now. Live, their sound is totally unabridged and uncompromising. The full throttle of their swooning, washed-out rock can be felt, those woozy languorous guitar lines expand and contract wriggling whilst constantly building, creating a dream-like narcotic fog.

Whistlejacket live at Birthdays, shot by Sean Carpenter

Whistlejacket at Birthdays. 2015, image by Sean Carpenter

Into it? Chill out ‘cos you’ve got another chance to catch them and soon: they’ll be joined by Loom and The Bodies this Thursday at The Macbeth in Hoxton.

Whistlejacket live at Birthdays, shot by Sean Carpenter

Whistlejacket live at Birthdays, shot by Sean Carpenter

Digital and cassette copies of Whistlejacket’s EP are available at their website. Visit Whistlejacket’s Soundcloud and follow them on FacebookTwitter and Tumblr

Catch Whistlejacket live this week, playing Thursday 19th February at at The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, Shoreditch N1 6LP

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