July 14: The Lighthouse and the Whaler
Despite its nautical name, Northeast Ohio band The Lighthouse and the Whaler was born in a field. While waiting for the photographer to arrive at an outdoor photo shoot, the ad hoc trio took up their instruments and tried their hands at a musical collaboration. In late 2008 it self-produced its first EP, A Whisper, A Clamour. The band’s blend of ethereal folk and sweeping harmonies quickly caught the attention of Paste, which featured the band’s first single – “Field Song” – on its acclaimed CD sampler. The band also earned early praise and recognition from Under the Radar and FILTER, which in July 2009 declared The Lighthouse and the Whaler its “Unsigned Band of the Month.” After nine months of writing and tinkering in Cleveland, The Lighthouse and the Whaler released its debut, self-titled LP in 2010, just as they were named “Best Indie Artist” at the 2010 Cleveland Music Awards. Described as “colorful, eccentric and fantastically triumphant,” the album showcases the band’s ability to take seemingly simple instrumentations and layer them into something powerful and strong.
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