Whale Bones is an indie / alternative band from Bloomington, Indiana that was started by Nathan Kane (guitar/vocals) and Paul Lierman (drums). The band’s new EP, The Seaside, will be drop on July 14 and is up for preorder on Whale Bones’ Bandcamp.
We got the chance to chat with Kane about how Whale Bones got started, its musical influences and the concept for its music video for “Hiding from the Sea.”
Can you give us some background on how Whale Bones got started?
NATHAN KANE: Whale Bones started out when Paul and I both moved away from home to attend the same college. We were each looking for someone to play music with, and we ended up clicking really well! We had a lot in common as people and we shared a lot of the same goals for our music. Before long we discovered that we worked really well together writing and performing. We first started playing together on the street for fun/to earn some extra spending money. We also hung out together a lot outside of playing music; in our down time, we like to go on trips exploring together. In late 2014 we drove down to Florida to gather inspiration and write music for a week. The songs that we developed during that trip eventually became The Seaside EP. After realizing that we had something worth sharing, we decided to record the songs and call ourselves Whale Bones.
How did you come up with the name Whale Bones?
NK: The name Whale Bones has a few different meanings. Firstly, it is the name of a song by the band Secret & Whisper. Secret & Whisper was one of the first artists we bonded over when we began jamming together since they were a pretty small, obscure group and finding somebody else who has head of them is rare. We both love that band and consider them to be very influential in our writing and style as a whole. Their song “Whale Bones” is about doing things you don’t want to do because you know that that they’re for the best and they must be done. Another interpretation of the name focuses on the transience of everything (even whales, the biggest mammals, all die eventually and their physical might gets reduced to bones). We love exploring abandoned buildings and finding remnants of the past; those places once had so much importance and life, but are now completely empty. It’s a very humbling and sometimes frightening thing to think about. I find those spaces to be really magical.
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?
NK: For me personally, I’m very inspired by bands like Now, Now, The Dear Hunter, As Cities Burn, Dear in the Headlights, Copeland, Yvette Young, Oceana, and From Indian Lakes. Depending on what kind of music I’m working on I try to channel different artists. I’m usually inspired by musical or visual artists that make me think about the creative process in a different way.
What are three words you would use to describe your music?
NK: Uninhibited, Turbulent, Sincere
Can you tell us about the concept for the “Hiding from the Sea” music video?
NK: Paul and I like to go on a lot of adventures, but we rarely document them. We decided to film one of our trips when we found out that our friend was coming to town to visit. Tyler is a fantastic photographer and videographer, so we were excited to get to have him follow us around for a day. The video hits some of the highlights from that day: we explored a few different abandoned buildings and a decommissioned fire tower, invited some friends to get ice cream, and then headed out to a nearby lake to go swimming. That night we hosted a party/basement show at our house, and invited a lot of friends to come celebrate the arrival of summer with us! It was such a blast. It’s one of my favorite memories from this past year.
What was the writing and recording process like for The Seaside EP that’s going to be released in July?
NK: We wrote the skeletons for all the songs in Florida, and fleshed them out further throughout the demoing process. In December we headed to Primary Sound Studios to record the EP. We spent a lot of time practicing our parts ahead of time so we were prepared when it came time to track. The process was very comfortable and fluid. Paul killed it on drums, and the rest fell into place. It was nice to get away from everything and just work on perfecting these songs for days on end. After that, we sent the songs to Matt Goldman to do the reamping and mixing. Matt’s one of our favorite engineers/producers, so we were so thrilled to get to work with him. I finished mastering the EP and we’ve been getting ready for the release ever since!
What’s next for Whale Bones?
NK: After the EP drops on July 14th, we’re planning a few small tours around the Midwest. We’ll start writing more and demoing. We’re going to try to keep things growing as much as possible! Playing fun shows and dancing with fun people are the top priorities. Making friends all along the way!