Cold winter nights and long summer days are not a secret in Alaska, but rather an accepted reality to those who call it home. The Whipsaws are among those residents of the far North who embrace this natural, bipolar cycle. Relentlessly touring for the past five years, they have played smoke-filled saloons and have packed concert halls and theaters, successfully captivating a broad and dedicated fan base with a style that is truly Alaskan.
Formed in 2002, The Whipsaws began the early days developing their musical identity. Today, the band has fine-tuned their sound into an original blend of Americana & Roots Rock, heavily dosed in twang, crunchy guitars, and lap steel that they call Alaskan Rock n' Roll.
Since the release of their highly-anticipated 2006 debut album, Ten Day Bender, The Whipsaws garnered a great deal of press attention in both the United States and Europe, including the Netherlands, Belgium, and Great Britain. Americana UK declared Ten Day Bender, "Amazingly diverse and accomplished for a debut. If they were from anywhere but Alaska, they'd be huge." On the radio, the album proved successful, reaching #133 on the AMA chart, #28 on the Roots Music Report for Roots Rock, and debuting at #12 on the Euro Americana chart.
In early 2007, The Whipsaws recorded their upcoming album, 60 Watt Avenue, with a guest appearance by Tim Easton (New West Records). Mixed by renowned engineer/producer John Agnello (Son Volt, The Hold Steady, Sonic Youth), 60 Watt Avenue brings The Whipsaws to a whole new level with its straight-from-the-gut lyrics, and big, driving sound. Preparing to tour full-time in the lower 48 and Europe beginning in 2008, The Whipsaws plan to spread their floor-stompin' Rock to places far and wide.