Chili and the Whalekillers

The Band Warmed Up for their UK Tour with this Exclusive Session

Austrian pop/folk/rock five-piece Chili and the Whalekillers’ music might be hard to pin down in terms of genre, but the boys themselves were considerably easier to get hold of. The band has a hard time defining their own sound “There’s elements of melancholia as well as joy, light and dark, humour and seriousness in most of our songs – anything life throws our way,” they tell us.

“Sticking purely to one thing or the other easily makes things feel flat and two dimensional – those third, fourth and fifth dimensions are immensely important to us.” To celebrate their UK tour, they decided to regale us with an exclusive session version of their song French Girl.

We spoke to them some more about their latest tour:

The Plus: Chili and the Whalekillers. How did you come up with a name like that?
Chili and the Whalekillers:
We are not called Chili and the Whalekillers, that is an optical illusion.

TP: What’s the narrative in French Girl about? Is it based on anything?
CatW:
One November day when the weather was getting cold, windy and rainy I went to my favourite bookstore in Vienna and bought a couple of second hand novels. I started reading all of them at the same time, not finishing a single one, but I got really inspired. So with my head so full of ideas, I started writing a concept album/novel called Lilly and the Tattooist. Every song was sort of a chapter and French Girl was the final one. The narration is not coming through anymore, because the first eight chapters are missing.
But there definitely is a story behind it. Lilly and the Tattooist are lovers, and the lyrical ‘I’ and the French Girl are too. But as in all classical love stories, problems occur. For my personal amusement I decided to add some more characters like Charles Bukowski, who is the role model of Henry de Toulouse Le Trac who desperately wants to become a famous writer too, but to make a living he started selling some paintings. And Henry is the Tattooist’s best friend. But for any more details I’d recommend you to listen to the full album Lilly and the Tattooist which will be out soon.

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TP: Is your upcoming tour your first in the UK? Are you excited?
CatW:
Yes it is our first tour in the UK and we’re glad to be able to visit so many different parts of the country. We’ve already played three gigs and it could not have been better. The first one was at the Great Escape in Brighton – what a charming town, it has got an air of artistry to it! On Saturday night we played in Sheffield and the crowd was probably the best we ever had. Also, the promoter asked us to play next week again, so we’re trying to extend our tour.

TP: Can you tell us about any upcoming projects?
CatW:
Certainly! There are many projects planned. We have already started to work on a new album and we are planning another tour – and now that we’ve gotten a taste of touring the UK we hope to be able to return soon.