With just seven songs, the Black Whales manage to make a damn fine introduction to the world. With influences that are as varied as The Clash, The Beach Boys, Talking Heads and The Kinks, Origins manages to incorporate a myriad of influences while still sounding starkly original.
Songs like the rollicking â€œYoung Bloodâ€ and the more rootsy â€œOriginsâ€ are among the strongest on the EP, though thereâ€™s not really a bad song to be found. It takes a lot for a new band to stand out in a top tier music city like Seattle, but the Black Whales have done just that with Origins. Canâ€™t wait for a full LP.
Top tracks: â€œYoung Bloodâ€ and â€œOriginsâ€
Rating: 8 out of 10
Black Whales – Origins/CD/2009/7 tracks/Mt. Fuji records/ http://www.myspace.com/blackwhales