Guelph/London-based grunge rockers WHOOP-Szo have been connecting with Indigenous communities across Canada since forming in 2009 — their first record, 2014's Qallunaat/Odemin, was partially recorded in the Inuit community of Salluit, QC, where founders Adam Sturgeon and Kristen Kurvink Palm ran a silk screening program. Now, they're set to go international.
Before embarking on an upcoming tour of Mexico with Guadalajara-based rock'n'rollers Canibales, they will spend time in Canibales' Rockweiler Studio where they will record with local musicians and use unearthed pre-colonial instruments, including a series of whistles.
The band will be joined by filmmaker Drew McIntosh, who will be filming a documentary about the band's experiences. To celebrate the tour, the band will be releasing a new 7-inch record on McIntosh's label Grizzlar Records.
Not to forget their home country, WHOOP-Szo will be performing in several festivals this summer, including Fredericton's Flourish Festival in April and Toronto's Canadian Music Week in May.
Keep scrolling after the dates for a promotional video featuring "Organlude" from the new 7-inch. The record is available for pre-order here. It's set to start shipping in mid-April.
Learn more about WHOOP-Szo's history of connecting with Indigenous communities in our feature interview with Sturgeon.
03/22 Guadalajara, MX - Foro Anden
03/23 San Juis Potosi, MX - Rockabilly
03/24 Mexico City, MX - Gato Calavera
03/29 Tequila, MX - La Eskalera
03/30 Toluca, MX - Foro Landro Centro
03/31 Mexico City, MX - Dirty Sound
04/19-04/22 Fredericton, NB - Flourish Festival
05/07-05/13 Toronto, ON - Canadian Music Week