WICK’S PICKS: Ep. 67 (Whalerus and Sean Whiting)

By Matt Wickstrom

Matt Wickstrom (left) with Zane Brammell, Dylan Jeffery and Naz Taylor of Whalerus. Photo by Mary Clark

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Members of surf punk group Whalerus and Paintsville’s Sean Whiting joined me this week for episode 67 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio.

During the show’s first hour I was joined by Dylan Jeffery, Zane Brammell and Naz Taylor of Whalerus to discuss the band’s peculiar name, current recording project with Cole Clark, recent changes to the band lineup and where you can catch the group in May beginning this weekend when the group performs at Lynagh’s with Cininnati’s AmpFibians.

Throughout the hour we also heard “Free Parking” and “Dirty Mary Catherine”from the band’s appearance on WRFL earlier this year along with Jeffery and Brammel performing Trash Punk Girl” and Jeffery going solo on “Start a Band” live in studio.

Following a halftime break featuring “Morning Light” by Wilderado (at The Burl on May 7) and “That Thing You Said” from Luna & The Mountain Jets, whom will share the stage with Whiting at his May 9 album release celebration at The Burl.

Matt Wickstrom with Sean Whiting. Photo by Mary Clark

Our segment with Whiting kicked off just after 10 a.m. with us looking back at the artist’s first appearance on Wick’s Picks in September 2018 before looking at the hurdles overcome to release his sophomore effort including a hiccup with his Pledge Music crowd funding campaign and reaching a deal with Louisville-based Eastwood Records. Later we moved in to talking about the recording process for Whiting’s new album High Expectations along with the mixing and matching he does piecing his band together for live shows, the story behind his new guitar and much more.

Mixed in with conversation with Whiting were performances of “Top of the World” and “Stir Crazy” straight from the new album along with live versions of “Oh Well” and “Harvest the Moon” in studio.

Listen to an archive of the show below.

Tune in on Monday, May 13 from 9-11 a.m. for episode 68 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio when I’m joined by Stanton’s Josh Nolan and military veteran turned singer-songwriter Micah Howard. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM-WLXU or online at LexingtonCommunityRadio.org.


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