Whoop-Szo


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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.

New 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”).

CONTACT: MARILYNE@MOTHLAND.COM

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WHOOP-Szo has perfected their eclectic sounds, binding the paradox of indistinguishable familiarity with themes of Canadian history, language and culture.
— Noisey
They’re a true psychedelic group in the sense that their personal identity as a band and as people are inseparable from the collectivism of community. For WHOOP-Szo, punk, DIY and psych principles go beyond music scene bubbles and fuse with Indigenous solidarity and healing through music.
— NOW Toronto
WHOOP-Szo nails it with an earnest kind of relatability that cries out to be sung in unison.
— CBC Radio

Landmark Shows

SHARED STAGE WITH

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Voivod, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, FRIGS,

FESTIVAL

NXNE (2019)
DISTORSION (2019)
GRICKLE GRASS FESTIVAL (2019)
HOME COUNTY MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL (2019)
MEGAPHONO (2018)
FLOURISH FESTIVAL (2018)
SLED ISLAND FESTIVAL (2018)
RIVER & SKY FESTIVAL (2018)
CMW (2018)
KAZOO! FESTIVAL (2018)
YES FEST! (2018)
HILLSIDE FESTIVAL (2017)
UP HERE FESTIVAL (2017)
SLUT ISLAND (2017)
ZZZ FESTIVAL (2017)