Music » Band of the Week

Whitechapel

Under a Grey Sky (www.myspace.com/whitechapelmusic)

by

comment
With all due respect to one hell of a debut, it'd just be silly to discuss Whitechapel's Under a Grey Sky without comparing it to the seminal electro acts that are responsible for the Cleveland trio's sound. Where the no-wave revivalist Interpol sounded a little like Joy Division, and the gothier Kittens for Christian channeled the mopy Mancs, Whitechapel is midway between Joy Division and New Order, the revolutionary synth-dance band it spawned -- with a dash of Depeche Mode's "People Are People" tossed in for good measure.

As an acoustic artist on Cleveland's open-mic circuit, singer-guitarist Ben Childs was hailed for a dour croon like a hybrid of Morrissey and Glenn Danzig. Now he's finding his own voice in rave-ups like "Love Goes" that chase away the chill from icy ballads like "Listen." At the center of every song are Eric Pollarine's springy bass lines; keyboardist Nathan Tomasch's simple beats trace the melodies. Forget the last decade's legacy of cerebral techno; Whitechapel is dance music for the body.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.