Whit adds jazz structures to their eclectic debut.
Whit adds jazz structures to their eclectic debut.
Photo By Scot Dean

Whit Shines On Wait, What?

No matter what you think about the Houston music world, it's always had bands who were eclectic. As far back as most can remember, there have always been bands from here who did things differently, while offering up a sound that was all their own. That's what anyone who heard Houston's Whit would likely say about the four piece. Mixing jazz structuring to traditional indie rock, they craft songs like little vignettes that tell their own story on their debut E.P., Wait, What?  While they do things like no one else, that doesn't mean that they're too off kilter, and in just five tracks they take your ears on a journey you've never experienced before.

Opening with the noticeably different sounds of "Alien," it should immediately strike you to realize that while this is essentially indie rock, it's also so much more than that. The funk infused bass lines from Bob Lane that are met with McCullough Ferguson's intricate guitar create an intriguing blend that should capture your attention. The condensed drumming offer up a percussive element that almost stands on its own, while Madison Whitaker almost sings atop it all in a way that makes the overall sound like nothing else.  They follow this up with the jazz heavy sounds of "Tell Me," where Whitaker and Ferguson seem to play guitar parts off of one another, while Whitaker's vocals both doubled and backing create this supernatural sound that's so engaging that it's hard to turn away from. In any other band, the almost free form arrangements would lose the members in their intricacy, but with these four it almost feels like second nature.

Whit's debut E.P.is like nothing You've heard before.
Whit's debut E.P.is like nothing You've heard before.
Photo By Scot Dean

While the third track, "For Joseph" starts off slower than the previous two, it still offers up plenty of energy as it sways into the world of psych rock with these beautiful acoustic guitar notes and Vela's chaotic drumming. Together mixed with synths and Whitaker's unique vocals, the four piece crafts a song that changes direction twice without losing your attention. The band goes slower on fourth track, "My Bee," but it's not a torch song by any means. Like most of the release, what these four produce versus what you have in mind, are two completely different things.

Coupling an almost Spanish influence with these complex structures, Whit creates something that only they are doing that pays off. With these dual vocal sounds where Whitaker sings above backing vocals that seem to create their own universe, the sound is engaging and completely different. The band closes the E.P. off with the title track "Wait, What?" that almost solidifies that they're doing their own thing from start to finish. In any other band, Whitaker's vocals wouldn't work, but here with the groovy bass, the snappy drums, and the guitars-it works.

The end result is a release full of different music that shouldn't go unnoticed. By adding multiple elements to the indie rock genre, Whit has created a world in which they might be the only inhabitants. But it's definitely a world where anyone who hears the release should strive to inhabit.  You can pick up a copy of Wait, What? from local record shops throughout Houston, or directly from the band at their Bandcamp page.

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