Our introduction to Canada's The Whitsundays was that the group is comprised of two of the members of Shout Out Out Out Out so naturally you can safely assume that we thought their music would be fun, energetic and in your face (in a good way). Interestingly enough, The Whitsundays sound nothing like Shout Out Out Out Out, rather they take their influence from another country and time, mod England and Britpop.
The best example of this is on "I Want It All," which sounds like a slower, older Blur song. On "It Must Be Me," hints of The Beatles intertwine with sunny California undertones in the vein of The Beach Boys. The Whitsundays do more than create lush and pretty pop songs. Picking up the pace with "Antisocial," images of a punky version of The Smiths come to mind. "Sorry James" boasts jangly guitars, whereas "The Ways Of The Sweet Talking Boys" is chock full of keys a la The Who.
The Whitsundays' self-titled debut is a noble effort and one that should put their name on the map in 2008. Fans of The Zombies, The Animals and Belle and Sebastian should take note of this one as well. The only bummer is that the ten songs only last a little over thirty minutes; but that's just enough time for me to find my copy of Quadrophenia on DVD because I am inspired to watch it again.