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Friday, February 8, 2008

Narwhal Vs. Narwhal is More Than a Good Band Name

posted by on February 8 at 10:41 AM

They’re also a great band. They’re from Portland (supporting the theory that everything good comes from or goes to Portland) and the thing I love most about their music is that they have a saxophone (and other horns, it seems), but they use it (them) in subtle ways.

An unassumingly sax plays along with the guitar and keyboard in mellow, melodic songs like “Fake Yr Tan” and “My Wing” and it brings a party (without shoving itself in your face) on the higher-energy dance track “World War Dream.” It’s not all “Look! I’m a saxophone in a indie band!” It’s not bragging. You don’t even notice it at first, you just know there’s something new and awesome about the band’s Built to Spill meets the Hold Steady sound.

Listen to a few songs via their Stranger Bands Page:
Fake Yr Tan
We Wait
Stay

I only just heard about them a week ago (I checked them out because I liked their name… I like narwhals) and I’m stoked to have the opportunity to see them this weekend—they play the Comet this Sunday with Vanishing Kids.

And now, I will close with a picture of a narwhal. Awe!

narwhalcute.jpg

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Yeah, Narwhals are dope.

If anybody wants to check out a little bit of narwhal-themed artwork, visit the myspace page of everybody's band-poster-designing pal Darin Shuler

http://www.myspace.com/darinshuler

He's actually got a whole arsenal of narwhal artwork, but looks like only a few choice images on his page, hit him up!


Narwhal vs. Narwhal is not a very good name though --- it's biting on that double-double band name trend that has been so annoying lately. They could have just named their band Narwhal -- that's much cooler.

Posted by E | February 8, 2008 10:51 AM

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