The Stroppies began life as an informal, weekly jam/recording project between three friends around a kitchen table with a desire to slap ideas together quickly and haphazardly on a four track cassette recorder. Fast forward two and a half years (a period which saw the band release a widely lauded self titled cassette EP that was repressed locally and internationally, a swag of 7"s and rack up a bunch of shows) and we arrive at "WHOOSH!" - the Stroppies first proper LP released through Tough Love records in the UK.
Whoosh is a pop record. Referential yet idiosyncratic, the band cast a wide net drawing inspiration from the varied nature of their previous recorded output and incorporate influences ranging from 60s British invasion era rock, 80s D.I.Y. to classic era Warner Brother cartoons. All the elements that made the first Stroppies releases so endearing are present but the sonic and emotional palette however, has expanded on Whoosh! Where those earlier releases were made distinct by their sometimes scrappy, sometimes oblique sensibilities, Whoosh displays a sharpening of focus in terms of production and songwriting. The Stroppies has always been a collaborative effort and like all good collaborations, Whoosh! exceeds the sum of it's parts as the album blurs together to make a frenetic and singular impressionistic whole.
Since its' release Whoosh has garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews and has found fans locally and abroad. To celebrate, The Stroppies play the Gasometer on March 29th and are joined by Traffik Island, resplendent with full band and riding high off the back of his exceptional debut release "Nature Strip", Geelongs favourite sons, The Living Eyes and a solo performance set from Hobbies Galore head honcho Alex Macfarlane
"Effortless and rich, Whoosh is a charming debut by The Stroppies" - The Line of Best Fit
"The Stroppies....make perfect pop music that make one smile, well this one at least" Marc Riley BBC6
"Once heard, The Stroppies calm determination becomes noticeable in every song, giving substance to their album and a will all of its own...repeat listens are essential to truly appreciate the simplicity and guile of Whoosh, something we wholeheartedly recommend." - Trev Elkin, God is in the TV UK