Whisperwall - Bangladesh
Record Label: True Blood Records
Release Date: April 2008
Whisperwall take a moment to flashback to ‘70s rock bands who got audiences out of their chairs and standing in the aisles of the concert halls they played. Whisperwall take that firmly packed energy and weld it into 2000’s post hardcore furnaces, stoking the flames with the melodic valves of lead singer Justin Mathenia. Whisperwall’s latest release, Bangladesh is a 6-track EP that moves from wild and feverish spins to smoothly ladled clusters and tenderly coaled vibes exuding a cuddly feel. The phrasing is controlled by the shifts in Mathenia’s and Frankie Zarantonello’s guitars. Their sonic fringes are fused as drummer Bryon Beiermann and bassist Aaron Peipert tinker with the speed of the melodies tempos. Whisperwall has undergone a lineup change as Zarantonello has been replaced by Brian Hutchinson and Jay Hollinger on guitars, and Peipert has been replaced by Jarid Mathenia, but the music is still rock ‘n‘ roll based.
As a unit, Whisperwall have the rock grips of the Foo Fighters and the melodic trusses of The Audition. Opening with “West County” and “Your Best Friend,” Whisperwall bring out their affinity for ‘70s rock tunage, which travels into the melodic rock trimmings and post hardcore coating of “New Found Interest.” The bass chords nail the rhythmic grooves with a spirited drive, and the spikes in the guitar parts are veritably laudable. The guitars frenetic whipping in “Two Bones” will give you a real buzz, and their slopes along “Wait For It” rocket and pull away through the transitions with a keen sense of staying on an even kilter. The melodic rock modulation of “Weeds” produces tenderness in its amplification which makes room for guest singer, Amy Mathenia to come in with very soft vocal harmonies. The lyrics reminisce, “This is our last goodbye / It gets so hard / Don’t know what to say / I can promise you, we’re gonna spend our lives with your stories on our whisky soaked lips … Overcame what would have broken the rest of us / Put aside the pain / Refusing to give up.”
Whisperwall’s release, Bangladesh is pure rock. It is music that incites people to get up out of their chairs and go ballistic in the aisles of the concert hall. The band took the best of ‘70s rock and reshaped it to fit contemporary rock measurements. It‘s music that lets you blow out.