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Also known as Whirl
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Shoegaze, post-rock, noise rock, alternative rock
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Graveface, Tee Pee
Associated acts Deafheaven, Death of Lovers, Nothing, Camera Shy, Best Coast
Members Nick Bassett
Joseph Bautista
Devin Nunes
Loren Rivera
Eddie Salgado
Past members Kristina Esfandiari
Sergio Miranda
Alexandra Morte
Byanca Munoz

Whirr is an American shoegaze band from the San Francisco Bay Area. The group formed in 2010, originally as Whirl, but had to legally change its name after a woman performing acoustic covers of Black Sabbath songs trademarked the name and threatened a lawsuit.[1] Whirr's shoegaze sound is often compared to My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive.[1][2] Founding guitarist Nick Bassett also played in the band Deafheaven surrounding and including the release of their 2011 album Roads to Judah.[1][2]


Whirr self-released a demo cassette and the EP Distressor before signing to Tee Pee Records in 2011. The band released June that year, followed by their 2012 debut album, Pipe Dreams. The latter was met with a generally positive reception from music critics.[3][4][5]

Whirr released the Around EP on July 9, 2013, and toured to support it that August with the band Nothing.[6][7] As a result of touring together, members of Nothing and Whirr formed a side project called Death of Lovers,[8] and Whirr and Nothing released a split EP. Bassett then joined Nothing on bass and toured with them.[9] Bassett also started a new indie pop project with former Whirr vocalist Alexandra Morte called Camera Shy,[10] while guitarist Joseph Bautista joined Best Coast.

On September 23, 2014, Whirr released their second studio album, Sway, on Graveface Records.[11]


On October 19, 2015, a series of derogatory remarks towards the Washington-based hardcore punk band G.L.O.S.S. were posted on Whirr's Twitter account, including one that read: "[G.L.O.S.S. is] just a bunch of boys running around in panties making shitty music".[12] These tweets, which were considered transphobic, resulted in a backlash on social media; Graveface, who released the band's Sway, and Run for Cover Records, who released three of their EPs, severed ties with the band.[13] Bassett admitted to posting the first tweet toward G.L.O.S.S. (which read: "Lol @ G.L.O.S.S."[12]), in response to hearing a rumor that the band was only permitting certain types of people to attend their shows and buy their merchandise.[14] According to Bassett, the remaining tweets were posted by a friend of the band and did not reflect the views of band members.[14] Whirr posted a public apology to their Twitter account the following morning and claimed to have severed ties with the person responsible for the offensive tweets.[15] Whirr's online social media presence has otherwise been notoriously inflammatory toward its own fans, an action that the band described in a 2014 interview as "weeding out the pussies".[13][16]


Studio albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Demo (2010, self-released)
  • Distressor (2011, self-released)
  • June (2011, Tee Pee)
  • Whirr / Anne (split with Anne) (2012, Run for Cover)
  • "Color Change"/"Flat Lining" (split with Monster Movie) (2012, Graveface)
  • Part Time Punks Sessions (2013, Run for Cover)
  • Around (2013, Graveface)
  • Whirr / Nothing (split with Nothing) (2014, Run for Cover)

Compilation appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Gagnon, Sarah (April 4, 2012). "Local shoegaze band Whirr releases debut LP, Pipe Dreams". The Bay Bridged. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Fred. "Whirr – Biography". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Review: Pipe Dreams". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Douglas, Martin (March 20, 2012). "Review: Pipe Dreams". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ Shultz, Brian (March 29, 2012). "Review: Pipe Dreams". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ Sacher, Andrew (June 19, 2013). "Whirr releasing a new mini-LP, announce tour (dates, stream)". Brooklyn Vegan. Spin Media. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Paul, Aubin (June 19, 2013). "Tours: Whirr / Nothing". Punknews.org. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ McGovern, Kyle (October 22, 2013). "Watch Death of Lovers' Eerie 'Buried Under A World of Roses' Video". Spin. Spin Media. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ Gelb, Daniel (February 26, 2014). "Philly's own Nothing is really something". Philadelphia Weekly. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ Chandler, Kyle (May 22, 2014). "Alexandra Morte leaves whirr, forms camera shy". Soft Concrete. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ Cimarusti, Luca (July 11, 2014). "12 O'Clock Track: 'Mumble' is the return of shoegaze revivalists Whirr". Chicago Reader. Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Ozzi, Dan (October 20, 2015). "Whirr Got Dropped by Their Record Label for Tweeting Transphobic Bullshit". Noisey. Vice. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Gordon, Jeremy (October 20, 2015). "Record Labels Sever Ties With Whirr Over Transphobic Tweets". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Hogan, Marc (October 23, 2015). "Indie-Rock Band Whirr Addresses the Outrage, and Fallout, Over Transphobic Tweets". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  15. ^ Sharp, Tyler (October 24, 2015). "Whirr blame transphobic tweets on 'friend'". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  16. ^ Hodge, Lukas (April 23, 2014). "Whirr Wants You to Fuck Off". Noisey. Vice. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 

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