This is a band to watch this year. The members of Freelance Whales (okay, it's not the greatest name, but there's a great story behind it involving frontman Judah Dadone's early childhood in Jerusalem and a near-drowning in the Sea of Galilee) make incredibly infectious, jubilant music with soaring, five-part harmonies, banjo, harmonium, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar and lots of soulful energy. The group, cobbled together in Brooklyn after Dadone placed an ad in Craigslist, has only been playing together for about a year and a half. But it's already put together an inspired debut called Weathervanes, due out in April on Frenchkiss/Mom + Pop Records, a label that's rapidly becoming one of our favorites at NPR Music.
For this shoot, the band met us at the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin and played three cuts from the new record.
"Generator 2nd Floor"
"Generator 1st Floor"