Typhoon (American band)

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Typhoon
Typhoon at the Venue.JPG
Typhoon playing at the Venue in Vancouver (January 2014)
Background information
Origin Salem, Oregon
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Roll Call Records, Tender Loving Empire, MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
Associated acts The Thermals, The Decemberists
Website link
Members Kyle 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 from Oregon. The band has eleven members. They 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 originated in Salem, Oregon in 2005 but is now based in Portland, Oregon. They are signed to the indie record label Roll Call Records.

On August 4, 2011, Typhoon made their television debut on Late Show with David Letterman, performing "The Honest Truth".[1]

Music[edit]

Typhoon's music is marked by complicated arrangements and careful orchestration. Live performances routinely involve 12 or more band members playing at once. According to Lauren Rosenthal at mySpoonful which describes new music: "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."[2] The indie rock band out of Portland, Oregon emulates sounds similar to Frightened Rabbit, Bright Eyes, Beirut, and Arcade Fire.[3]

Their 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.[4]

In 2010, Typhoon was voted number two on Willamette Week's annual list of the top ten best new bands in Portland.[5] Their music has appeared on the SyFy series Being Human and the NBC series Chuck.

They have 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. Their song "The Honest Truth" was ranked #3 in Paste magazine's list of the 50 best songs of 2011.[6]

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.[7] 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[8] and #37 on PASTE Album of the Year.[9] Their song "Young Fathers" was included in NPR's Best Songs of 2013 list[10] and "Prosthetic Love" appeared in the movie Veronica Mars.[11]

The band played at Lollapalooza and Outside Lands 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 7th, 2016 the band announced that they'd embarked on the recording of their next full-length album.[12] During this period, frontman Kyle Morton released his solo debut What Will Destroy You and plans to tour in January 2017 before the band's next major release.[13]

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, vocals)
  • Ryan McAlpin (trumpet, vocals)
  • Eric Stipe (trumpet, vocals)
  • Devin Gallagher (percussion, ukulele, vocals)

Past 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

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[14]
US Heat
[14]
US Indie
[14]
US Rock
[14]
Typhoon
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Boy Gorilla Records
Hunger And Thirst
White Lighter
  • Released: August 20, 2013
  • Label: Roll Call Records
105 2 23 34
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released

Compilation albums[edit]

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

Live albums[edit]

  • 2015 Live at the Crystal Ballroom

EPs[edit]

  • 2007 Dearborn Sessions
  • 2011 A New Kind of House

7-inch[edit]

  • 2007 Split, with Lake
  • 2012 Common Sentiments
  • 2013 Dreams of Cannibalism b/w Rules of the Game
  • 2015 Prosthetic Love

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watch Typhoon on The Late Show with David Letterman". Typhoon. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  2. ^ Rosenthal, Lauren. "Typhoon". mySpoonful. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Schneider, Erich. "Music Enthusiast". Typhoon the Band. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Allen, Dave. "An Interview with Kyle of Typhoon". Pampelmoose.com. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Mannheimer, Michael. "Best New Bands of 2010". Willamette Week. Willamette Week. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "The 50 Best Songs of 2011", Paste, November 2011. Their song "Prosthetic Love was featured in the Veronica Mars Movie.
  7. ^ "Typhoon: White Lighter". Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  8. ^ "Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums of 2013". Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  9. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2013". Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  10. ^ "NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2013". Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  11. ^ Thomas, Rob (2014-03-13), Veronica Mars, retrieved 2016-07-20 
  12. ^ "Typhoon - Timeline | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  13. ^ "Typhoon". www.wearetyphoon.com. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  14. ^ a b c d "US Billboard Chart". Billboard.com. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 

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