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The Wimps Debut Reel Whirl at Hardywood

This weekend a flurry of shows and album releases descended on Richmond. Saturday evening show-goers flocked to Hardywood celebrate The Wimps sophomore LP, Reel Whirl, with local support from Camp Howard and Hannah Goad.

Opening the show, Camp Howard cut through a set of favorites from their new EP, Juice, as well as their debut self-titled LP. The group premiered two new, unrecorded songs continuing their exploration of post-punk meets sun-tinged indie rock. The quartet teased a third, but opted to go back to familiar territory with “Dog” before closing out their set.

Hannah Goad played her first set with her rhythm section, featuring Drew Barnocky on drums and Chip Hale on bass. Goad began the set solo, and after a few songs invited the rest of the band onstage. The trio looked comfortable and sounded great as they confidently followed Goad’s Margaret Glaspy-esque lead.

The Wimps took the stage shortly after Goad’s set closed and never looked back. The set ranged from cuts off the new record to old favorites, all showcasing the group’s lush melodies and instantly catchy hooks.

In the RVA Bandcamp of the Week column, Dust Up’s Doug Nunnally called the album, “[a collection of] songs that careen between breezy and forceful, but remain as resilient and tenacious as the singer’s words.” Read his full review here.

By the end of the night, smiles from the crowd and stage lit up the room as folks filed over to the merch booth to grab cds and tapes.

The Wimps next Richmond show is at The Broadberry with Brunswick, Hannah Goad and Minor Poet on July 29th. Tickets are $10.00 and doors open at 7:00 pm.

Check out photos of the show from Craig Zirpolo below:

Camp Howard

Hannah Goad

The Wimps