Whippets Unleash Video for Abrasive Deathrock Track “Splinter”

“You’re the worst of your kind.”

Whippets, hailing from the No Coast (aka Madison, Wisconsin), are a power trio steeped in a fusion of post-punk, grunge-gaze, and deathrock. The band features Bobby Hussy wielding the guitar and taking on vocal duties, Tyler Spatz on bass, and Hart Alan Miller behind the drums. Their sound channels the raw energy and cutting edge of bands like Wire, Jay Reatard, and Fugazi, mixed with the experimental noise of Jesus Lizard, Metz, and Devo. Adding to their eclectic influences are the likes of A-Frames, Spray Paint, Swell Maps, Unwound, Uranium Club, Spacemen 3, and Christian Death, making their music a complex weave of underground rock’s finest.

Now they unleash Splinter, a deathrock-infused post-punk anthem marked by its angular structure, twangy surf and garage guitar riffs, and a psychedelic flair. The track charges forward with manic ferocity, complete with a killer breakdown.

Splinter started life as a Cave Curse song a few years back,” says Hussy. “When that band devolved Tyler Spatz and I brought the song over to Whippets and created a whole new life for it. It’s more minimal, immediate and in your face now. We like it like that.”

The DIY video for “Splinter” is a raw cut of visual poetry, featuring found footage that oscillates between flora and fauna in states of birth and decay. Interspersed with expressionistic clips of the band, the imagery gets surreal with giant eyeballs and a big ol’ gator head, feeling like a solid throwback to mid-90s MTV.

Dive into the spectacle of “Splinter” below:

The record ships in June and the band will be touring on the album. Preorder for white vinyl from No Coast Records here.

Check out the single via Spotify below:

Bobby Hussy made significant waves with his earlier band, The Hussy, featuring Heather Sawyer (of Proud Parents and Heather The Jerk). Over their 12-year trajectory, The Hussy embarked on extensive tours across the U.S., with notable stops in Europe and Australia. They’ve shared stages with modern heavy-hitters like Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, as well as legends like Mudhoney, engaging audiences at major events including four appearances at the premier garage rock gathering, GONERFEST.

Beyond The Hussy, Bobby has been involved with several bands including Digital Leather, Cave Curse, Fire Heads, and currently, Wristwatch and TIT. Tyler Spatz, also formerly of The Hussy and Cave Curse, has been a part of Yuka Zolo and currently makes music with Poney and Wristwatch. Hart Miller brings his drumming prowess from stints with Tenement, MDC, and Wartorn.

Whippets hit the road in September 2023 for a U.S. tour with Columbus, OH art rockers DANA and are gearing up for another nationwide tour to coincide with their upcoming LP release.

Tour Dates

  • June 12th – Dubuque, IA @ The Lift
  • June 13th – Des Moines, IA @ Yacht Club
  • June 14th – Omaha, NE @ The Sydney
  • June 15th – Lawrence, KS @ The Replay
  • June 16th – Wichita, KS @ Kirby’s
  • June 17th – Oklahoma City, OK @ Grand Royale
  • June 18th – Tulsa, OK @ Sound Pony
  • June 19th – Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves w/ O-D-EX
  • June 20th – Austin, TX @ Chess Club w/ O-D-EX
  • June 21st – Dallas, TX @ Cheap Steaks w/ O-D-EX
  • June 22nd – Memphis, TN @ B-Side Bar
  • June 28th – Madison, WI @ Mickey’s Tavern w/ Day Residue

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Alice Teeple

Alice Teeple is a photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She is not in Tin Machine.

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