Now, anyone who knows me understands that I hardly ever use the word `artist,` because it is a strong word and extremely meaningful to a musicfan. There are a ton of people out there who can sing, play an instrument, or bring entertainment to listeners; but there are less than 1% of true `artists` on this planet. Included in that one percent is the subject of this article `The Whatmans.`
I was sent a song and video recently titled, Kiss the Mind. Watching that video pulled me into the `Roaring Twenties` look-wise, and I lost myself in what I can only describe as a stellar theatrical moment! The song was SO well written and SO amazingly sung and performed – with a melody SO powerful – that I had a hard time believing The Whatmans have been on this planet and I haven`t heard them before. Then, I researched, and found out who I have to despise and envy. The Whatmans have toured the UK and Canada, as well as every Irish County, spreading their fantastic music and amazing sound. Therefore, as a member of the US of A who hasn`t traveled to these locations, I demand U.S. fans to stand up and protest. And get The Whatmans here as fast as humanly possible.
The Whatmans are not the `next big thing,` they are far better than that. As we all know, the `next big thing` a great deal of the time turns out to be all flash and no substance. That is NOT what The Whatmans are at all! Kiss the Mind is beyond unique. It is classy! Do you KNOW how long class has been missing from the music world? Jeez, I don`t know maybe a dress made of meat worn by someone named Ga Ga should give you a hint as to how far we`ve come from actual class.
The Whatmans came together in 2007, and have the amazing ability and talent to write thought-provoking music that addresses all kinds of social and cultural issues. Songs that speak about drug use, Afghanistan, the financial and banking crises – true stories from very real and talented “artists;` unforgettable lyrics wrapped up in a structured rock sound that is one-of-a-kind, is what The Whatmansbring to the table. The Whatmans are not only a beacon of light in the rock world, but they are also a band that gives off powerful energy to their audiences. Their `live` sets deliver a complete stadium rocksound, merged with a lead singer`s charisma that ranks right up there with the best legendary front men of all time. The Whatmans have strength, power and, let`s face it, the balls that long ago disappeared from the music industry.
The smoothness of a guitar intro; a deep bass evoking mystery; haunting melodies; pure and utter vocal power; fast paced tempos I have no idea how to say this without spitting on someone`s head and saying it`s raining – but The Whatmans have the WHOLE package!
The Whatmans, apparently, have been given all different sorts of labels by writers, columnists, and fans alike. The Messiahs of Rock, Best Unsigned Band “nope – I say those are just not good enough. You`ll say that too after you hear just one minute of The Whatmans songs. Labels like that are just the same as using the old adage `the next big thing.` The Whatmans deserve to be called The BEST, period! (Okay, exclamation point). It takes a great deal for me to refer to any musicians as The BEST. It`s like giving a book review. There are billions of books across the globe and I get sent most of them for my `view.` But for one of them to be called The BEST is not only monumental, but also very nearly impossible. The BEST has to be paramount, they have to be unsurpassed, and YOU know I`m not kidding!
The Whatmans resume is large and impressive. They have appeared at festivals such as Oxegen, The Sea Sessions, and Vantastival in 2010, as well as toured England, and sold out venues in Toronto duringIndie Week 2010. With all of that, The Whatmans also found time to play over fifty gigs in Ireland and record their debut album, Fire Up The Masses, which was produced by Fintan Moore in the world renowned Temple Lane Studios in Dublin.
The Whatmans need to be introduced because YOU have to meet them.