2019 is proving to be an amazing year for Shadow of Whales.
After recently saying goodbye to two of their original members, Caleb Flores and Chris Fraga, the Austin-based indie pop/rock band, which has been performing together since 2014, is now saying hello to drummer Blake Brown and lead guitarist Emilio Rendon, who are both helping to usher in a brilliant new era for the beloved group.
Also comprising Josh Flores (vocals), Jeremy Boyum (bass), and JD Vazquez (keys), the five-piece uses their music as a vessel through which to “spread hope and love as far as sound can reach,” a mission that has not only lead them to produce meaningful, dynamic music but has also helped garner them the unconditional support of an incredible fan base.
Having played a variety of major music festivals including Vans Warped Tour and South by So What?! and achieving regular rotation in Starbucks stores across the U.S. and Canada, Shadow of Whales was nominated for the first time in 2018 for the Independent Music Awards. Although they did not win, they were nominated once again in 2019 and, this time, won their category: Best Indie/Alt. Song (“Words”). As a bonus, they were also the recipients of the Vox Pop (Voice of the People) Fan Award for the category, which declared them the fan-voted winners as well.
With two EPs to their name and the recognition of now being an award-winning band, Shadow of Whales continues to serve as a powerful beacon of sparkling light in a world so full of turmoil and conflict, reminding listeners everywhere of the strength that lies within themselves and the importance of the little moments that make life worth living.
Musical Notes Global caught up with Shadow of Whales in New York City’s iconic Central Park, fresh off their win at the IMAs, to talk all about their win, their love for their fans, and more. Watch the full interview below.