The Whines are a three piece from Portland, formed of Karianne Oudman on bass and vocals, Jesse Gandy on guitar and Bobby Elam on drums. Their sound blends scuzzy garage psych, 60’s rock’n’roll, grunge, and classic country amongst other influences, so it kind of fits that their fantastic hidden gem of a debut record ‘Hell to Play’, released on MEDS, was “recorded by six different sets of ears in four different settings”. These sets of ears included two members of the awesome Eat Skull and one member of the sadly defunct Meth Teeth.
Despite again recording their songs for this record in different locations (some were home-recorded, Zacharay King of Burning Yellows took charge of the mixing desk on a few, whilst ‘About The Sun’ was recorded by the legendary figure behind Ju Suk Reet Meate, Rick Stewart at Smegma’s Studios in Portland) the side eschews the mixtape aesthetic of ‘Hell to Play’ in favour of defining The Whines’ mystical sound. Despite this, the band remain as unpredictable as ever, veering from the focused jangly guitar pop of ‘Take Care of Yourself’, to the extended guitar jams that feature in ‘Belt Of Scalps’ and ‘How To Act’.