Or The Whale

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Year of birth : 2006

Age: 9 years

Place of birth : San Francisco, California, USA

Citizenship : United States

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`Or,The Whale` - American indie rock band formed in 2006 in San Francisco, California (San Francisco, California). The name of the group takes on the second part of the title of the novel by Herman Melville (Herman Melville) ` Moby Dick or The White Kit` (Moby-Dick, or The Whale).Often the history of groups rooted in friendship school or university administration, but in the case of `Or, The Whale` all happened a few banal, which, however, does not mean worse - the musicians found each other through the site ad ` Craigslist`. Ad Title was: ` Do you want to create a cool country-rock group ` ?however since the foundation of music style `Or, The Whale` changed somewhat, and became the main vector of indie folk, whose popularity in the last decade, growing, sometimes even ahead of classic and alternative rock that dominated the music scene at the end of the last century and the beginning of the century 21st. To date, the band released two albums - `Light Poles and Pines` in 2007 and ` Or, The Whale` in 2009 - has given a great number of solo concerts and performed at major music festivals.

`Or, The Whale` was founded through the bulletin board ` Craigslist`, where future members of the group responded to the post ,Robins left Alex (Alex Robins) and Matt Sarteynom (Matt Sartain), who are the founders of the group, the ideological inspirers and authors of most of the early songs. A total of 7 musicians playing today in the group, but the composition of the team for many years of the history part of me.Soon after the founding of the musicians started recording his own songs, which, however, are not particularly hampered by a certain style - this philosophy has gone through all the work of the group, which though is not quite extensive, but it is a collection of different styles, from early country songs to indie folk ballads from the last album. In 2007, the group presented its first album - `Light Poles and Pines`, which was released on their own, but, nevertheless, has received good reviews from critics and independent repeatedly come to the attention of music blogs. The single `Call and Response` debut album was very popular on the radio, hitting a rotation of more than 100 stations ,and took the 7th place in the chart `NMW Indie Chart` and 18th place - in ` NMW Country Main Chart`. Thanks to this record group also hit the 100 compilation of the best performers in the style of Americana of 2008 (Radio & Records Top 100 Americana Artists of 2008).

After the first album release the band started to tour North America (North America),while in 2009, the band did not re- entered the studio, this time to record the second album of the same name, and `Or, The Whale`. Interestingly, despite a contract with a professional label `Seany Records`, the record did not become more popular than the first independent release. Generally,the album was a success : it has taken a strong position in some of the charts, but to hit songs were still far away. Also, the album `Or, The Whale` appeared in the shop ` iTunes` in the category `New and Noteworthy`.

To date, the band continues to give concerts as a solo and collaborative - with bands such as `Fleet Foxes`,` Devil Makes Three`,`The Dodos` and ` Two Gallants`, as well as in the studio. On the work of the group wrote in the journal `USA Today`,` Paste`, `Magnet` and even ` Billboard`.

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