WHOOP-Szo is a force of nature, sprung from a mixed-blooded experience of Canadian history with deep Anishinaabek roots. Thunderous and ground-breaking, harmonious and generative—a WHOOP-Szo show envelops audiences in an emotional weather-storm that dances conscientiously between anger and discipline, frustration and hope.
They tell us about colonial injustice loudly and punishingly, with haunting chord changes and monolithic distortion. They explore the possibility of wisdom and empowerment, with acoustic melodies that calmly find space within crushing layers of politics and sound.
On stage and off, WHOOP-Szo engage communities with a powerful synchrony that invites people to feel and to heal. They are passionate storytellers who knock loudly on the door, and will reward you tenfold for letting them in.
Forthcoming album Warrior Down harnesses their power into a concise, focused 35 minutes on wax, calling out both specific instances of injustice in Canadian history — such as the murder of bandleader Adam Sturgeon’s cousin by a Saskatchewan RCMP officer, or recalling Sturgeon’s grandfather’s experience at a Residential School (“Cut Your Hair”) — and broader, wider-reaching ones such as the experience of having race and culture assigned to you by a government that doesn’t represent you (“6.1/6.2”).
SHARED STAGE WITH
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Voivod, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, FRIGS,
GRICKLE GRASS FESTIVAL (2019)
HOME COUNTY MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL (2019)
FLOURISH FESTIVAL (2018)
SLED ISLAND FESTIVAL (2018)
RIVER & SKY FESTIVAL (2018)
KAZOO! FESTIVAL (2018)
YES FEST! (2018)
HILLSIDE FESTIVAL (2017)
UP HERE FESTIVAL (2017)
SLUT ISLAND (2017)
ZZZ FESTIVAL (2017)