Sundried Whales – ‘THE EP’


The debut EP from Sundried Whales conjures a dynamic rock sound spanning from the jangle-pop of “Streetlights” to the raucous punk tones of the opening “Guac.” The Hamilton, Ontario-based band originally began as a lo-fi project, and have enhanced their sound by further embracing influences from alt-rock staples like Pavement, Jeff Rosenstock, and PUP.

THE EP wastes no time from the get-go with “Guac” — unveiling a blistering guitar-fronted energy that invigorates upon the vocal exultation at the three-minute mark, gearing thereafter into riveting waves of distortion and a general sense of ’90s alt-rock nostalgia. Touting even more bustle and energy, “Always” compels with dexterous guitar tones and a hectic rhythmic push, exuding a fun punk and garage-rock hybrid that builds into a soaring hook, especially prominent at the two-minute turn.

From these energetic rockers to the jangly charm of the melodic “Streetlights,” Sundried Whales’ debut EP is not to be missed.

Stream the EP:

“Streetlights” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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