Freelance Whales Close Out Their Tour at Webster Hall

December 10th, 2010

Like many before him, Judah Dadone placed an ad on Craigslist in the hopes of forming a band. But in this case, it worked: Dadone was joined by four multi-instrumentalists and Freelance Whales were born in Queens. But how does an unknown band seek out an audience? By taking it to the streets, of course. They played their folk-inspired pop tunes outdoors, on subway platforms and anywhere else possible—their first official show was at an abandoned farm colony in Staten Island. Once the group had enough original material, they self-released their debut album, the well-received Weathervanes. Then things really began to pick up for them. Freelance Whales (above, playing “Generator 1st Floor” for NPR Music) garnered enough attention to get picked up by a label and then set out on the road. Plus, their music was featured in a commercial promoting the new Twitter. And now they close out their U.S. tour on Wednesday at Webster Hall.

(Check out Jay Belin’s interview with Chuck Criss here.)