WHISPERADO – New York City’s Roots-Rock Band

April 14, 2016: NEW GIG! NEW SONGS! After a hiatus, we’re back with a whole batch of new songs, and a brand new venue in which to play them for you. We’ll do exactly that at GOLDSOUNDS in Brooklyn on Wednesday June 8 at 7:30 PM. Goldsounds is at 44 Wilson Ave. in the excruciatingly happening Bushwick neighborhood. Please come and hear the new songs from WHISPERADO, now with Elisa Peimer on keyboards!

April 14, 2016: NEW VIDEO! Watch for the forthcoming Whisperado video by ace videographer Daniel Azarian, coming soon.

Meanwhile, be sure to like us on Facebook. Because that’s how we roll.

Thanks to everyone who came to our CD release party and made it such a success. If you missed it, be sure to pick up a copy of the new CD, I’m Not the Road, in physical or digital form at CD Baby.

EXCITING VIDEO NEWS: Our video for “Teenage Popstar Girl,” directed by Daniel Azarian, won Best International Music Video at the 2013 London Independent Film Festival.

Whisperado is Patrick Nielsen Hayden (guitar, vocals), Jon Sobel (vocals, bass, principal songwriter), David Mills (drums), and Elisa Peimer (keyboards, vocals) playing roots-rock and Americana songs patched together from rock, country, folk, and silliness. We’ve been likened to Dire Straits, the Blasters, the Long Ryders, Greg Brown, John Prine…even REM and John Lee Hooker. According to Time Out New York, “Whisperado plays straight-up rootsy rock that sounds straight outta Memphis.”

Our video for “Teenage Popstar Girl” (over 5,000 views on YouTube to date!) just got a nice little write-up on the Wise Woman Tradition website: “Whisperado’s quirky, upbeat song is brought to life as a satiric tale in which singers and celebrities are pre-packaged and mass-marketed like plastic dolls.” True that. If you haven’t seen this groundbreaking video, directed by Daniel Azarian, here it is:

BUY OUR CD! Our new (and first full-length) CD, I’m Not the Road, is available now.
• Purchase it online at CD Baby or iTunes.
REVIEWS: Click here to read the first review of our new 14-song disc, where Piper Hoffman says, “This is tap-your-foot, laugh-out-loud music” with “a heaping serving of smart, witty lyrics and catchy hooks.” And click here for a brand new review by Cory Doctorow at boingboing.net, who says “Whisperado have a kind of rootsy, country feel, and the lyrics and vocals are somewhere somewhere in the sweet spot between Ry Cooder and Jimmy Buffet, with a lot of humor and a little pathos…the whole album’s a treat.”
LYRICS: Click here for the lyrics.

CONTACT US by email at: music at whisperado dot com

Whisperado lays down “a heavy-bottomed eclectic rock beat…well-written original tunes that crackle with lyrical goodness…and some tasty guitar riffs.” – “Eclectic Company,” Jambalaya News

– July 23, 2012, 8 PM: We’re playing at Spike Hill, 184-186 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. No cover.

Above: a photo from the video shoot for “Teenage Popstar Girl,” directed by Daniel Azarian. Photo by Milton Kam.

In addition, you can (and should!) still pick up our first EP, Some Other Place, in physical (CD) or digital (iTunes) form. This helps us put food on our tables and strings on our instruments. You can also hear some tracks at this Myspace page and view videos on YouTube.
While you’re at it, download a free copy of Jon’s acoustic solo EP, Four Finger John. Featuring John Scarpulla on guitar, it includes the title track (a tribute to John Entwistle of The Who); a duet version of Hand-Me-Down with Elisa Peimer; and the first-ever recording of my original holiday fave, Don’t You Know That It’s Christmas. It’s a free download, but you can also preview the tracks if you wish.

And then come see us play. You’re guaranteed a good time. Come on, look how nice we look! (Top two color photos above by Phil Kawesch. Photo below by Velma Bowen.)

To contact us: email music at whisperado dot com.