I’m not even going to attempt to describe the musical goldmine that is Manchester, England. Having boasted the birth of The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order, James, Oasis and countless more, Manchester is the capital of the Northern music scene and is currently a proud parent of another kind of music dynamo, The Whip. Approaching London’s Astoria to chat with the three-piece, Soho seemed a bit more neon that night, as teenagers lined up equipped with glow sticks and Day-Glo ensembles, prepping for Hadouken! and The Whip’s raucously fantastic set that would set the night ablaze in a fiery frenzy. Being lumped in with the UK’s burgeoning Nu Rave scene isn’t such a bad thing to gain quick fame (as many bands now know), but The Whip are destined to take over dancefloors for the long term, surpassing musical fads and following in the footsteps of New Order, and proudly carrying on the torch for Manchester music. Watch for them around the US and at SXSW this spring.

How did The Whip come to be?
Nathan: We’re about 2.5 years old.

Fee: Bruce and Danny used to be in a band, carried on together, knew Nathan and started working with him. I used to go out with Nathan; he said to get me in on drums. Just as the band started, we binned each other off.

Nathan: You’re like the Stevie Nicks of this band!

And now you’re all friends! Since you got together, has your sound evolved?
Bruce: For the first nine months, Danny and I wrote songs and recorded them in the cellar of a pub in Salford, which was pretty grim. Our sound has always been the same. We used to do drum machines and now it’s obviously live now, with a bit more energy. We like clubbing a lot and guitars, and the beats just rubbed off.

Are you inspired by the city you come from and its music?
Bruce: Yeah, definitely. There’s a lot of respect for bands like New Order and The Happy Mondays.

You’re carrying on the tradition.
Bruce: Flying the flag!

Nathan: We sound Manc!

How was it making the album?
Bruce: We worked with Jim Abbiss in Konk Studios in London, for about six weeks altogether, with remixes, etc… in between nipping off doing gigs. We pushed it a lot further out of our comfort zone, a lot of the songs are so exciting, with some psychedelic elements.

Nathan: He’s worked with artists like Kasabian, the Arctic Monkeys and DJ Shadow.

How was it working with someone who’s worked with such big names?
Fee: I was a bit scared!

Nathan: The first couple of hours were new, but then we just started ripping into each other and realized really quickly that we have the same sense of humor.

Bruce: I remember being through after like, ten minutes, I made a really rude gesture. But he reacted nicely to it, and I just remember thinking I was going to ruin the whole album!

[laughs] So how is touring looking for the next year and beyond?
Nathan: Our manager pulled us aside the other day and said “don’t book anything in the next year.” Bruce is getting married, so not ‘til August!

Bruce: When I go on my honeymoon these guys can get a break!

How have you felt about your response from the crowds touring with Hadouken!?

Nathan: These kids with their glow sticks, they throw them on stage. It felt like ‘The Blues Brothers,’ when they get bottles thrown at them! We thought it was abuse, is it their way of saying “get off, you’re sh*t!” But they threw them at Hadouken! too. But we get the little ones, they save the big ones for them!


–Andrea D’Alessandro