photo by Super Dashi
Ancient Whales is… Enoch Bledsoe on Guitar & Vocals, Natalie Bledsoe on Bass & Vocals, and with a rotation of drummers, sometimes performing with two.
“The Ancient Whales most recent record, Vestiges of Tails Appear in All of Us, is a mighty wall of introspective, brain-blasting rock. They are three: Enoch Bledsoe (vocals, guitar), Natalie Bledsoe (vocals, bass guitar) and Oakley Munson (drums). They’ve been called acid rock, alt-rock, riff rock, punk rock, melodic garage rock, flower punk – take your pick. The Mad Mackerel calls them a ‘satisfyingly crunchy slab of grungy, garage-inflected indie rock.’ Listening to their music we hear echoes of Nirvana, Hüsker Dü, My Bloody Valentine, The Sex Pistols, Cocteau Twins and their beloved Beatles.”
“The band is infectiously tuneful and ardently pop-oriented in that classic indie/ garage way that feels like a real shot in the arm…What was ‘alternative’ music before that term existed? This is that.”
A band that thrived in the underground house show scene, and became a favorite
at festivals, playing garage rock with psychedelic undertones, punk tendencies
and pop melodies, Ancient Whales are a combo based in the southeast of glorious noise and huge, melodic riff rock. Vestiges of Tails Appear in All of Us is the latest collaboration with drummer, Oakley Munson (Black Lips, The Rondelles, Puddin’ Tang), recorded in Asheville, NC with Ryan J Rapsys.
Songwriters Enoch (Twin Tigers, Puddin’ Tang) and Natalie seek to explore the intricacies of existence and the nature of human beings in an honest, simple and accessible way. The Ancient Whales approach is to ask, “What would this look like if it were simple?” The songs deconstruct social conventions and illuminate basic human values all the while beckoning the listener to forget their worries, have fun and sing along. In today’s culture of hate, Ancient Whales want to spread a little love!
Over the past 10 years, the band has hosted a revolving cast of gifted musicians such as Bryan Poole (Of Montreal) and Shaun Ringsmuth (Street Sects), and have been featured on Athen’s Popfest, Athfest, Chattanooga’s Do Ya Hear We fest, and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim show Bloodfeast. England’s The Mad Mackerel has included Ancient Whales on its “Best of the Month” and “Feel Bad for You Choice Cuts” mixes.
Ancient Whales has gladly shared the stage with such talents as The Nude Party, Caroline Rose, Axxa/Abraxas, Babe Rainbow, Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound, Allah-Las, Ghost Wolves, Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel, DJ Jared Swilley (of Black Lips), The Humms, Anwar Sadat, Thelma and the Sleaze and many more.