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The Whiles
Origin Columbus, Ohio, USA
Genres Indie rock, garage rock
Years active 1994–present
Labels Anyway
Website [1]
Members Joe Peppercorn
Matt Peppercorn
Chris Bolognese
Paul Headley
Jake Remley
Past members Zack Prout

The Whiles are an American indie rock band formed in Columbus, Ohio. The founding members are Joe Peppercorn, Matt Peppercorn, Chris Bolognese, Paul Headley, Jake Remley and Zack Prout. Zack Prout left the band after the release of their 2004 debut album, Colors of the Year.[1] Columbus Alive has referred to The Whiles as a "mainstay band in Columbus" [2] AllMusic gave Colors of the Year 4 out of 5 stars, comparing The Whiles to Nick Drake and Gram Parsons.[3] Blogcritics also observed that the album was "Delicately honest, these songs could break in half if not handled with care. The album is filled with lush orchestrations and whispered lyrics, making it feel very personal to the listener."[4] Columbus Alive described their second album, Sleepers Wake, saying "Melancholy grace was in its marrow. This was delicate but substantial music, the kind that makes you feel like your Honda Civic might float off into the atmosphere along with the song."[1] Sentimentalist Magazine observed "There are occasional quirky harmony and instrumental touches, but “Sleepers Wake” emits politeness, dismisses cynics and is ultimately rather unique."[2] Insound, referring to their thid album, Somber Honey, notes "The album recalls hints of Colin Blunstone's finest work, Eric Matthews and the pop sensibilities of Tommy Keene, early Cat Stevens and The Byrds." [5]

The Whiles have released three full-length LPs on the Anyway Records label. Zach Prout left after the release of their debut album, Colors of the Year (2004). After the release of Sleepers Wake (2007), family responsibilities put the band on hold until 2012, when the Whiles released the album, Somber Honey. The Whiles are currently working on a new album. The Whiles have opened for national acts including Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket and The National.[1] The song, "Song for Jerry" (from Colors of the Year) was featured on the soundtrack for the documentary Murderball (film). [6]

Joe Peppercorn served as the open-mic host of The Tree Bar from 2008-2010. He is a current member of the band Watershed and is also known locally for performing the entire Beatles catalog in a single session. [7]



  • Colors of the Year (2004)
  • Sleepers Wake (2007)
  • Somber Honey (2012)

Category:American indie rock groups Category:Anyway Records artists Category:Musical groups from Columbus, Ohio


  1. ^ a b c DeVille, Chris (02/28/13). "Sensory Overload: The Whiles". Columbus Alive. Retrieved 09/06/13.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Ralston, Meghan (06/27/13). "Alive's handpicked Sunday ComFest Schedule". Columbus Alive. Retrieved 09/06/13.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help) Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "CA1" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ >Mason, Stewart. "Colors of the Year". AllMusic. Retrieved 09/06/13.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ Duffy, Robert (06/01/104). "The Whiles - "Colors of the Year"". Blogcritics. Retrieved 09/06/13.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Somber Honey". Insound. Retrieved 09/06/13.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "Murderball Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 09/06/13.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ Hoewischer, Travis (1 December 2011). "A (Really) Hard Day's Night". 614 Columbus. Retrieved 1 May 2013.