Features
Reviews
Must Hear Music
Reviews Archives
Archives
Bargain Basement
Downloads
Music DVD
Upstart
Pipsqueaks
 
 
 
Features
Reviews
Archives
Send Us Mail
Contact Us
 
 

The Whip
X Marks Destination
Razor & Tie Records


Back in the late '70s and early '80s Manchester, England became the commercial hub for a style of music that fused the ethereal fumes of shoegaze and the spiraling synths of new wave with club-stoked beats, and the music press dubbed it the "Manchester sound." It's a sound that still flourishes in the metropolis today, and The Whip is the city's latest manifestation. Comprised of Bruce Carter, Danny Saville, Fiona Daniel, and Nathan Sudders, The Whip have the wavy atmospherics of Bryan Ferry's Roxy Music with the palatial ethers of the Doves, the space age grottoes of Hundred Year Storm and the club-laced grooves of Bauhaus. The quartet's latest canon is presented on their record X Marks Destination. The band minces liquid tones with techno-pop organisms producing a glossy magma constituted of Goldfrapp-stylized pulsations exhibiting both playful and chic-club trimmings.

The tracks scale along cavernous trenches and lofty crests creating an oasis of flaccid motions and fibrillating strands. The fluorescent streaks of "Fire" are cropped in heavy dance beats shrink-wrapped in synthetic effects like Stereophonics. The techno-pop rays of "Trash" produce a stream of cyborg-like bleeps and pixie-stick puffs, which slide into the silky melodic ripples of "Frustration." Surging club beats are chained to satiny synth whippings through "Save My Soul" and shoegazy flickers along "Sirens." The ravines and cliffs made by the space age effects shooting across "Dive Bomb" are push-pinned in robotic sprigs, which turn into a zigzagging pattern through "Blackout." The electro-pop odyssey that cascades across "Muzzle #1" and "Sister Siam" are infested with dazzling psychedelics, while the shapeless sonic figments of "Dubsex" have a soft bellowing echo as layers of club-vibed synths move with an ameba-like sliver.

The Whip revive a style of music that still has relevance today, not only in Manchester, England but everywhere. X Marks Destination is playful and sophisticated, and demonstrates The Whip's finer qualities for shoegaze infused club-pop. The band's album is more in the vane of honoring the Manchester sound and less about being innovative and making something new for listeners. Still, it fits in with club music styles.

-Susan Frances

Check out more reviews

Talk Back
e-mail the chief

Like this article?
e-mail it to a friend!

 


Mike Doughty



none now
-------


South By Southwest 2014
David DeVoe

South By Southwest 2013
David DeVoe

Red Hook Music Festival
George Dow

SXSW 2012
David DeVoe

Our Favorite Records 2011
Hybrid Staff

AWOLNation
Rachel Fredrickson

Kanrocksas
Rachel Fredrickson

Warped Tour 2011
Rachel Fredrickson

Eddie Spaghetti
Melissa Skrbic-Huss

Murder By Death
Mike DeLeo


Mike Doughty
Boulder, CO

Epilogues
Denver, CO

Imagine Dragons
Denver, CO

Sebadoh
Cambridge, MA

Young Magic
Denver, CO

Warped Tour 2012
Denver, CO

Thrice
Denver, CO

Mike Doughty
Denver, CO

MuteMath
Kansas City, MO

Other Lives
Lawrence, KS

Los Campesinos
Boston, MA

The Civil Wars
Lawrence, KS

Ha Ha Tonka
Lawrence, KS

Thrice
Lawrence, KS


 
hybridmagazine.com is updated daily except when it isn't.
New film reviews are posted every week like faulty clockwork.
Wanna write for hybrid? Send us an e-mail.
© 1996-2009 [noun] digital media. All rights reserved worldwide. All content on hybridmagazine.com and levelheadedmusic.com is the intellectual property of Hybrid Magazine and its respective creators. No part of hybridmagazine.com or levelheadedmusic.com may be reproduced in any format without expressed written permission. For complete masthead and physical mailing address, Click Here.