The Lighthouse And The Whaler

The Lighthouse And The Whaler

The front page of The Lighthouse and the Whaler’s website looks like a commercial for Gap. It’s too hard to figure out where to hear their music, but once you find it, what a treat it is! They’re pretty proud that their name came from Moby Dick.

This band seems extremely arrogant, but they do sound really good. They’ve played at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, SXSW, House of Blues, and Rockwood Music Hall with artists including Sufjan Stevens, The Temper Trap, and The Dodos. They call themselves “indie-folk-pop” but disclaim that genres don’t mean anything. They’ve played on MTV, Fuse, FILTER< Spinner, and Under The Radar. This band is arrogant.

Maybe they aren’t arrogant. There is a huge culture in our society where everyone is comfortable because everyone is overly outwardly confident in everything they do. Jokes like, “Yes, he’s single.” are commonplace and nobody questions your sincerity when you list your accomplishments. Maybe that’s a better culture. Boasting is no longer bragging if everyone does it.

Regardless of The Lighthouse and The Whalers’ position on the confidence spectrum, their music is solid. They seem to promote “White Days” the most, but “Under Mountain, Under Ground” seems better to me. I can imagine someone writing this song while sitting in a cave waiting on a rainstorm to pass. Go to The Lighthouse and The Whalers’ Facebook page where you can listen to two of their songs without having to “like” it. If you want to, you can like their page and listen to another live track.