by Robert Bell
9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.
There's some real deal, wrestling-with-grown-ups'-issues going on in Little Rock quartet Whale Fire's new two-song EP. The tracks — "Dream of Me" and "The Fabric" — are strong, melodic tunes, with reverb-heavy guitars and beautiful vocal harmonies that'll no doubt hit the sweet spot for fans of Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses.
On "Dream of Me," Clay Grubbs sings of anxious dreams and relationship stresses. The flip side's "The Fabric" finds John Steel looking through the wreckage of young adulthood, trying to figure out what's really going on and not being certain about what he finds. "The fabric of what I believe / Is falling apart at the seams / I'm losing my touch / How I always thought it would be."
Taken with the band's other recent single, "Wild-Eyed Mistake," it's apparent that these guys are building a strong body of work that'll likely form the foundation of a solid long-player. You can pick up a copy of the limited edition 7" single for $7. Also playing this show are the shambolic pop maestros Sea Nanners and former two-dude band (now expanded to a four-dude format) Collin vs. Adam.