Havania Whaal has remained an ever-important fixture of the Portland DIY music scene for years now, all the while growing into a fuzzy, echo-specked force of nature that both matches the city’s gray and hazy climes while also outgrowing them.
The duo of vocalists (and spouses!) Noelle Magia (Plastic Weather, Smoke Rings) and Paul Sobiech (Fine Pets) anchor the band in the beauty of their contrast. Magia’s battle hardened no-wave yelps, squeals and coos serve as the backbone of frenetic, hooky energy in the songs while Sobiech's post-punk croon cools the edges. They are joined by bassist Caroline Jackson (Lubec) whose taught, symmetrical lines and celestial harmonies further make the case for Havania Whaal's scene powerhouse reputation.