Typhoon (American band)

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Typhoon playing at the Venue in Vancouver (January 2014)
Typhoon playing at the Venue in Vancouver (January 2014)
Background information
OriginSalem, Oregon
GenresIndie rock
Years active2005–present
LabelsRoll Call Records, Tender Loving Empire, MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
Associated actsThe Thermals, The Decemberists
MembersKyle Morton
Toby Tanabe
Dave Hall
Pieter Hilton
Alex Fitch
Tyler Ferrin
Ryan McAlpin
Eric Stipe
Devin Gallagher
Shannon Steele
Jen Hufnagel

Typhoon is an American indie rock band based in Portland, Oregon. Noted for its many members, the band was founded in Salem, Oregon in 2005. Typhoon have released four albums, two EPs, a split 7-inch record with Olympia-based band Lake, and have contributed to a number of compilations. The band's most recent album Offerings was released on January 12, 2018.[1]


Typhoon released their debut self-titled record in 2005. After putting out an EP in 2007, Typhoon released their sophomore album, Hunger and Thirst, in 2010. That year, Typhoon was voted number two on Willamette Week's annual list of the top ten best new bands in Portland.[2] Their music later appeared on the SyFy series Being Human, the NBC series Chuck and the big screen adaptation of the television series "Veronica Mars".

On August 4, 2011, Typhoon made their television debut on Late Show with David Letterman, performing "The Honest Truth;"[3] the track was ranked #3 in Paste magazine's list of the 50 best songs of 2011.[4] During this period, Typhoon opened for The Thermals, Quasi, Yann Tiersen, Explosions in the Sky, The Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian, and The Shins and toured with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper.

Typhoon released White Lighter in 2013 via Roll Call Records. The album, described as entrancing with uplifting melodies and dark lyrics, was recorded just outside the band's hometown in Portland, Oregon.[5] It reached #105 on US Billboard Top 200 and #2 on Heatseekers. White Lighter was voted #28 on NPR's Best Album of the Year[6] and #37 on PASTE Album of the Year.[7] Their song "Young Fathers" was included in NPR's Best Songs of 2013 list[8] and "Prosthetic Love" appeared in the movie Veronica Mars.[9]

The band played the Lollapalooza and Outside Lands music festivals in 2014 and finished the summer with a tour with Portugal. The Man and Grouplove throughout August and September.

Typhoon released Live at Crystal Ballroom in November 2015 as a free download on Bandcamp and Noisetrade. The album includes live performances of songs from White Lighter and the band's older album, Hunger and Thirst. A companion series of videos from the show was posted on YouTube.

On July 7, 2016, the band announced that they had begun recording of their next full-length album.[10] During this period, frontman Kyle Morton released his solo debut What Will Destroy You and toured in January 2017.[11] In September 2017, the band teased 60 seconds of a new song from their upcoming album and announced listening parties for October 2017.[12] On October 25, 2017, the band announced their fourth album Offerings, scheduled to be released on January 12, 2018.[13] The album debuted on NPR's First Listen on January 4, 2018.[1]


Typhoon's music is marked by complicated arrangements and careful orchestration. Live performances routinely involve twelve or more band members playing at once. According to Lauren Rosenthal at mySpoonful, "the group masterfully combines indie rock instrumentals and vocals with violins, percussion, hand claps, xylophone, horns and a choir of other instruments, making for inspiring and catchy songs."[14] Their sound emulates and is sometimes compared to Frightened Rabbit, Bright Eyes, Beirut, and Arcade Fire.[15]

Typhoon's early recordings reveal a greater degree of experimentation with various styles, including a number of "sea shanties", country western and Eastern European-inspired songs. Their more recent output, including their album Hunger & Thirst and its companion EP, A New Kind of House, show a more focused and consistent sound, and a greater focus on creating a cohesive thematic through-line. Many of the songs are preoccupied with mortality and directly reference lead singer and primary songwriter Kyle Morton's own struggle with Lyme disease as a child.[16]

Band members[edit]

  • Kyle Morton (lead vocals, piano, guitar)
  • Toby Tanabe (bass, vocals)
  • Dave Hall (guitar, vocals)
  • Shannon Steele (violin, vocals)
  • Jen Hufnagel (violin, vocals)
  • Pieter Hilton (drums, vocals)
  • Alex Fitch (drums, vocals)
  • Tyler Ferrin (horns, guitar, piano, vocals)
  • Ryan McAlpin (trumpet, vocals)
  • Eric Stipe (trumpet, vocals)
  • Devin Gallagher (percussion, ukulele, vocals)

Former members[edit]

  • Jordan Bagnall (viola, accordion, keyboard, vocals)
  • Casey O'Brien (drums)
  • Conlan Murphy (guitar, percussion, banjo, vocals)
  • Paige Morton (violin, vocals)
  • Samantha Kushnick (cello, vocals)
  • Nora Zimmerly (vocals, piano)
  • Grant Hall (mellophone, backing vocals)
  • Leah Ng (vocals)


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat
US Indie
US Rock
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Boy Gorilla Records
Hunger and Thirst
White Lighter
  • Released: August 20, 2013
  • Label: Roll Call Records
105 2 23 34
  • Release date: January 12, 2018
  • Label: Roll Call Records
183 1 3 34
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released

Compilation albums[edit]

  • From Boy Gorilla and Beyond (2011), a compilation of songs released before signing to record label Tender Loving Empire

Live albums[edit]


  • Dearborn Sessions (2007)
  • A New Kind of House (2011)


  • Split (2017) (with Lake)
  • Common Sentiments (2012)
  • Dreams of Cannibalism b/w Rules of the Game (2013)
  • Prosthetic Love (2015)


  1. ^ a b "First Listen: Typhoon, 'Offerings'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  2. ^ Mannheimer, Michael. "Best New Bands of 2010". Willamette Week. Willamette Week. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Watch Typhoon on The Late Show with David Letterman". Typhoon. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
  4. ^ "The 50 Best Songs of 2011", Paste, November 2011. Their song "Prosthetic Love was featured in the Veronica Mars Movie.
  5. ^ "Typhoon: White Lighter". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  6. ^ "Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums of 2013". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  7. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2013". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  8. ^ "NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2013". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  9. ^ Thomas, Rob (2014-03-13), Veronica Mars, retrieved 2016-07-20
  10. ^ "Typhoon - Timeline | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  11. ^ "Typhoon". www.wearetyphoon.com. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  12. ^ Typhoon (7 Sep 2017). "pic.twitter.com/p3L6j0Fdgb". @weareTYPHOON. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  13. ^ "Typhoon". wearetyphoon.com. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  14. ^ Rosenthal, Lauren. "Typhoon". mySpoonful. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  15. ^ Schneider, Erich. "Music Enthusiast". Typhoon the Band. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  16. ^ Allen, Dave. "An Interview with Kyle of Typhoon". Pampelmoose.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  17. ^ "Typhoon Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  18. ^ "Typhoon Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  19. ^ "Typhoon Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  20. ^ "Typhoon Chart History: Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.

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