CultureMap Countdown - 30 days, 30 Artists
Day 4

Roots rock gets sexy: The intimate, indie-inspired sounds of Canada's Whitehorse

Roots rock gets sexy: The intimate, indie-inspired sounds of Canada's Whitehorse

Austin Photo Set: News_Arden_whitehorse_March 2012_promo pic
Whitehorse Courtesy of Whitehorse

Name: Whitehorse

Featured track: "Devil's Got A Gun" from The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss

Country/City of origin: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

In one sentence: A breed of roots rock that diverges from clean harmonies and folky hooks, juxtaposing country chops against inventive, indie sampling and electronic loops.

Why we chose them: On stage, Whitehorse is electric. The duo is like an edgier, dirtier version of The Civil Wars, but with no theatrics, and real chemistry. They pull you into the intimacy of their performance without waving arms and tricky vocal arrangements. Whitehorse is sexy, gritty and passionate, with hard-hitting beats and techniques that fall outside of the roots movement.

SXSW official show: Friday, March 15 at Friends