Photo by Liz Trader
A band that thrived in the underground house show scene, playing garage rock with psychedelic undertones, punk tendencies and pop melodies, excellent at having fun and pissing people off, Ancient Whales are a combo based in the southeast that have performed with The Nude Party, The Shine Brothers, The Humms, Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound, Axxa/Abraxas, Sin Kitty, Anwar Sadat, DJ Jared Swilley (of Black Lips), The New Sound of Numbers, Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel, Allah-Las and many more.
They began collaborating in Athens, Georgia circa 2008 after being in the bands Twin Tigers, Firework Child and Puddin’ Tang. In 2010, songwriters Enoch & Natalie recorded a lo-fi album that began the journey of the Ancient Whales. AW has hosted a cast of talented musicians such as Shaun Ringsmuth of the band Street Sects, BP from Of Montreal, and Oakley Munson now in the Black Lips.
In 2012 they recorded the Birthing EP with Joel Hatstat, followed by the albums My Bed Is The Ceiling and Vestiges of Tails Appear in All of Us recorded by Ryan Rapsys in Asheville, North Carolina and released on cassette tape via Wiener Records, a subsidiary of Burger Records.
Ancient Whales performed on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim show Bloodfeast in 2018, where Enoch accidentally set a trashcan on fire. They were nominated for a Flagpole Magazine Music Award and have been featured at Popfest, AthFest and Do You Hear We music festivals.
“A mighty wall of introspective, brain-blasting rock. They’ve been called acid rock, alt-rock, riff rock, punk rock, melodic garage rock, flower punk. The Mad Mackerel calls them a “satisfyingly crunchy slab of grungy, garage-inflected indie rock.” We hear echoes of Nirvana, Hüsker Dü, My Bloody Valentine, The Sex Pistols, Cocteau Twins and their beloved Beatles.”
– Athens Uncharted