MANCHESTER band The Whip are heading out on the road to promote their latest single.
The electro band are releasing new track Sister Siam on November 12 on Southern Fried Records, who signed them in September 2006.
It will be the fifth single released in a steady stream from their debut album, which they are currently putting the finishing touches to before releasing it in March.
Keyboard player Danny Saville said: “To be honest, it’s been a nice steady progression with the singles and the reaction has been good. A lot of the early stuff we have done we have re-recorded for the album now and tweaked with subtle changes and we have done a lot of dancier stuff.”
Fans who buy Sister Siam will be treated to an additional dirty electro remix version by Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya, Justin Robertson and James Rutledge.
The Whip are not shy of making remixes themselves – though they usually work on other band’s material.
Danny and singer Bruce Carter have worked on tracks for bands including Editors, Dragonette and Asobi Seksu.
“We love our dance music so it gives us the opportunity to go a bit more wild with it. We remix things for other bands and it is a nice way to get the name about a bit and it gives us inspiration sometimes to try things we might not try straightaway with our own stuff. It opens your eyes.”
The Whip’s own album has been recorded with producer Jim Abbiss, who has worked with the Arctic Monkeys, Editors and Kasabian.
Recording has been a quick and intense process – the band had a month over summer to record tracks and have been darting in and out of the studio ever since during an almost constant schedule of touring.
A heavy live schedule has been part of the band members’ lives since they formed The Whip around two and a half years ago.
Danny and Bruce had been in a band – Nylon Pylon – which had just crumbled after signing a deal. They spent several months holed up in a dank cellar at their local pub in Salford, writing songs.
They then joined forces with drummer Lil Fee and bassist Nathan Sudders and went straight out on stage.
They have played a whole host of gigs and festivals this summer – including Glastonbury and Fuji Rocks in Japan – and have just come off their first major support tour, with Hadouken.
Danny said: “Japan was amazing. It is a completely different world. Everyone goes absolutely mental for you. Before we even went there we had fans on Myspace and they had made us badges and presents when we got there.
“Touring has been pretty much non-stop all year. We have been to gigs where kids are more used to indie records but and places where there’s more dance and club music. It has enabled us to play different venues rather than just normal gigs.
“On tour with Hadouken, the reaction was fantastic. It was basically a load of screaming kids going mental with glowsticks. We have had that side of it and prior to that we have been doing late night club gigs with more mature audiences.”
The band are currently on their own headline tour until the end of November, which will see them stop at The Plug in Sheffield on November 3, The Cockpit in Leeds on November 16, Manchester Warehouse on November 17 and Manchester Music Box – for an under 18s gig – on November 18.
Dan said: “The live side of it is the most important part. The live scene is stronger than it ever was and on stage is the best place to be. You get to travel all over the place, we have done some amazing gigs.”
*For more on The Whip, visit www.myspace.com/thewhipmanchester or www.thewhip.net.