Rule number one when Whitaker were making ‘Wichita’ was 'nothing matters more than the vibe'. As a result, a lot of what you hear on the five-track EP was recorded in old halls and awesome sounding spaces around Melbourne rather than a conventional recording studio.
Produced by good friend Jono Steer (Hayden Calnin, Gypsy & The Cat, Ainslie Wills) work began on ‘Wichita’ in July 2013. Wichita is the embodiment of Whitakers sound. It is joyous, patient, thoughtful, raw and intense. Made under the bands own steam, they believe it to be their best work yet and a sign of things to come.
released 22 November 2013
All songs by Ryan Meeking
(except Devil On Your Mind by Ryan Meeking and Natalie Bartsch)
All songs produced/engineered/mixed by Jono Steer
Mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering, Melbourne
All songs published by Mushroom Music Publishing
Artwork by Motherbird
Recorded across Melbourne, July 2013
Ryan Meeking: voice, guitar, keys
Simon Rabl: bass
Brett Scapin: guitar
Leigh Fisher: drum kit, percussion
Horns on Wichita by Ben and Steve Veale
Crowd vocals on Wichita and My Own by Helen Croome, James Van Cuylenburg, Luke Meeking, Belinda Sofra, Roni Shewan and Brett Scapin