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A brief chat with Whirr


Nick Bassett of San Francisco shoegaze/stoner band Whirr doesn’t give a damn about interviews. That’s why he went into a Larry the Cable Guy-style redneck character for our chat about the band’s forthcoming Denver show. Honestly, we loved it. Made things interesting, and very funny. Read on.N

Yellow Scene: When did the band form and what were you looking to do?

Nick Bassett: We were just looking to straight-up rock, dude. Get ass and smoke grass. We started back in 1998.

YS: Describe the sound…

NB: Bro, the first song on our record tells you what we’re all about. The first line is, “Shallow, I’m wading.” We’re all about the women in the ocean. “Drifting down your seams.” That basically means, “I’m f&*king you.” The whole band is basically, if you took an R&B and soul band, and made it into rock. We like Drake a lot, the Delfonics, the Stones, and we like to rock too. The lyrical content is about straight up getting ass. That’s not even a joke.

YS: Do you like playing Colorado?

NB: Yeah, we’ve played Denver. We played somewhere, but they got mad at us because we put a hole in the wall and I had to pay $50 out of my damn pocket. Other than that, it was cool. You can smoke buds there – I like that. Hell yeah.

YS: What are your plans for the set?

NB: Bro, I tell you right now, we’re doing a couple of covers bro. Merciful Fate’s “Melissa.” We’re opening up with that, and closing with BOC [Blue Oyster Cult]’s “Burnin’ For You.” [Nick proceeds to sing the song, including the guitar riff.] You like that song? We’re playing it dude. We’ve got the harmonies down and everything.

YS: What’s next, after the tour?

NB: Hell, I don’t know. Hopefully we’ll make a million bucks and retire.

Whirr plays with Tigerwine and Wild Trees at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 at the Moon Room @ Summit Music Hall; 1902 Blake St., Denver; 720-487-0111; $10-$12.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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