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Champions (deluxe edition)

by Whiskerman

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  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Champions (deluxe edition). You get 14 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases January 27, 2023

      $17 USD  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited Edition double vinyl pressed at RTI in Camarillo, CA. Housed in gorgeous gatefold jacket featuring original artwork and photography. Includes download code for 3 bonus tracks exclusive to the deluxe edition.

    Includes digital pre-order of Champions (deluxe edition). You get 14 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases January 27, 2023
    item ships out on or around January 31, 2023
    edition of 100 

      $35 USD or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Limited edition CD featuring 3 bonus tracks for the deluxe edition. Housed in full color digipaks with original artwork and photography. Includes 3 bonus tracks exclusive to the deluxe edition.

    Includes digital pre-order of Champions (deluxe edition). You get 14 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases January 27, 2023
    item ships out on or around January 31, 2023
    edition of 100 

      $15 USD or more 

     

  • Cassette + Digital Album

    Limited edition cassette tape featuring full color J-Card. High quality cassette tapes professionally manufactured in the USA. Includes download code for 3 bonus tracks exclusive to the deluxe edition.

    Includes digital pre-order of Champions (deluxe edition). You get 14 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases January 27, 2023
    item ships out on or around January 31, 2023
    edition of 100 

      $10 USD or more 

     

  • Limited edition bumper sticker, let other drivers know you're busy listening to "Champions" on full blast!
    shipping out on or around January 31, 2023
    edition of 150 

      $5 USD or more 

     

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Louie 04:02
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Saturday 05:18
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Troublemaker 06:04
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Buddy 03:33
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Champions 03:16
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The Kingdom 06:15
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Wonder 04:48
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The Kid (bonus track)
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My Motor (bonus track)
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Riot of Indolence (bonus track)

about

Originally released in 2016, "Champions" has become something of a fan favorite and developed an enduring legacy as one of Whiskerman's finest works. Nearly 7 years later we’re back with a special deluxe edition version of the album, just in time to coincide with the original lineup that recorded the album performing together again and record label Royal Oakie celebrating their 10th Anniversary. The deluxe edition features 3 unreleased songs from the original sessions that serve to round out the band’s vision for the album, making an already epic double album into a masterpiece of sprawling ambition and scope.

Formed in Oakland, California at the beginning of the new millennium, Whiskerman quickly became a favorite amongst Bay Area audiences with their unique blend of folk-rock coupled with mysterious and
profound lyricism and evocative instrumentation. Most shows would end with singer- songwriter Graham Patzner singing at the top of his lungs and sawing away at his fiddle like some crazed madman preaching a mysterious old time religion. In 2011 they
released their self-titled debut "Whiskerman", the culmination of years of songwriting and Woodshedding.

Over time the band’s sound became more and more eclectic, taking on a wide range of influences and highlighting the unique talents of each band member. Shows began to feature increasingly widescreen instrumentation: Patzner’s vocal delivery began to draw
more and more from classic soul and gospel singers; drummer Nick Cobbett started playing like Levon Helm; bassist Will Lawrence put some some funk into the low end; and guitarist Charles Lloyd, who joined up after the self-titled debut, added so much to the band with his melodic and soulful guitar playing—some shows even featured Lloyd
on sitar, an instrument he’s spent years of his life studying in passionate earnest. Their releases began to reflect this eclectic shift—2014’s "Bad News" EP featured soul influenced pop songs with horn lines and funky vibes, while 2015’s "Nomad" featured orchestral pop with delicately layered string sections and darkly cerebral rock n’ roll tunes with electronic flourishes.

"Champions" is the culmination of all those years, all those records, and all those nights on stage—a masterpiece of wide-ranging scope and ambition, the definitive statement from a band in their prime. Featuring barroom rock n’ roll, blue eyed soul, pastoral folk, workingman’s blues, and rainy day ragas, the album is a tour de force that takes the listener on a hero’s journey of Dostoevsky-ian proportions. The songs deal with life and love and success and failure and what it means to be alive in a world where everything is small.

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releases January 27, 2023

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Whiskerman Oakland, California

"When they're revved up, Whiskerman sounds like a gospel and soul band that can make you feel like raising your hands in the air in praise of its talent. In their quieter songs, there's a storytelling vibe with intricate melodies."

-SF Chronicle
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