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"As far as a bio, I hate bios and nothing bores me more than trying to come up with my own. Don't take that the wrong way.". So at John Erickson request WHOOPGNASH's biography here is kept to a minimum and in John's own words, (however, much more at WHOOPGNASH's own website.).

WHOOPGNASH was formed by John Erickson and Bill Paul over 10 years ago, give or take a decade. Jeff Jarrard became a member upon birth, but went through a rigorous 30 year audition before he was allowed in the band's beer fridge. We currently reside in Minneapolis, but seeing as you're more than likely reading this from somewhere else I guess that that doesn't really matter. We all grew up on a steady diet of meat and corn, with plenty of music for dessert. We play instrumental fusion with a blend of comedy. I've also been told we do "crowd control", as putting on our music is sure to clear any party of unwanted guests. We have 3 cd's and a live in-studio dvd currently out and available for purchase on our website,


Only one thing to add to the above:
1. The band's name refers to an unwanted noise amps can make - but definitely not to their music.

The eponymous first album is a great place to start. John Erickson's guitarwork has undoubted Holdsworthian elements, but John has the level of aggression which makes WHOOPGNASH's music here fast, furious and rarely letting up. The rhythm section, reminds more of those great free playing rhythm sections of Wayne Krantz's groups of the last decade.

"Full Scape" is more reflective, and undergoes a bass-player change.

"A Lack Of Education" is return to the aggressive trio playing, with Erickson perhaps more modal than before.

Why this artist must be listed in :
An excellent independent jazz rock band, that should known beyond the limits of Minnesota and the jazz rock fraternity.

"Whoopgnash" (CD, 1999 independent label) studio recording
"Full Scrape" (CD, 2002 independent label) studio recording
"Unclear Channel Live 2004" (DVD, 2004 independent label) live recording
"Lack Of Education" (CD, 2007 independent label) studio recording

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4.00 | 3 ratings
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Full Scrape
4.14 | 5 ratings
Lack of Education

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 Lack of Education by WHOOPGNASH album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.14 | 5 ratings

Lack of Education
Whoopgnash Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars This band has something to say in today's music and even the title of the album proves the good attitude that this extremelly talented musicians had about what's in today's world...both politically and musically!Musically speaking ,they prove that even if you are not a signed band you can produce a high quality album,without the help of media or any other ways to make you popular!Being tired of musical compromises,WHOOPGNASH are already at their third album,defnitelly the most mature and elaborated to date!Fans of ALLAN HOLDSWORTH,guitar player and mastermind JOHN ERICKSON pushes even further the sense of the words virtuosity and musicianship!Not being professional musicians,the 3 guys in WHOOPGNASH are really breathtaking in this pretentioius and difficult musical style!WHOOPGNASH's music is so technically that sometimes we have the feeling thet the guys are from other planet!It's hardcore fusion,in the vein of HOLLDSWORTH...sometimes PAT METHENEY...SCOTT HENDERSON HALLEBEEK ...and even SHAWN LANE style...or influenced,but with a more dense and frenzy approach!Great and diverse,the ferocious style of JOHN ERICKSON is very,very impressive!The other two "partners in crime" are very competent and efficient too,especially Bill on drums is astonishing!This is music made for the ones who don't like the easy way of fusion,au contraire,is for die hard practicians,for those who guitar is a religion and an instrument where talent is not enough to be an accomplished musician!It's like Hendrix sayed...but changing a litthe his quotation...1 % inspiration and 99 % sweat!!!All our respect to this kind of bands,devoted and commited to pure art,and with the will to perform at such high standards!ITrully impressive!!! 4.5 STARS for the determination and passion!
 Whoopgnash by WHOOPGNASH album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.00 | 3 ratings

Whoopgnash Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Dick Heath
Special Collaborator Jazz-Rock Specialist

4 stars

I don't think John Erickson, WHOOPGNASH's guitarist would mind me calling his playing Holdsworthian, with the legato and fast runs, but he steers well clear of the Holdsworth-clone pigeonhole. (There are a number of professional jazz guitarists who are happy to be known to playing in the style of Wes Montgomery without being slavish, so let's avoid any hassle when somebody adopts and adapts a Holdsworthian approach?) This album is a much more exuberant, extrovert album than recent albums by Holdsworth - who IMHO has been more cerebral/intellectual with his jazz fusion output through the 90's. Whoopgnash as a listening experience, has to be taken as a work by all three members of the band, not simply that of an excellent guitarist. The drums and bass are a real treat, adding synergistically to the whole, sounding unlike any Holdsworth rhythm section I remember, while giving an energy similar to that heard with Wayne Krantz's rhythm section on Greenwich Means. One nice bonus, is in that I've found myself whistling several of the main themes of tunes on this album - and I can't remember doing that for a long time!!! Check out my favourite track 'Too Hammered To Be Legit' for where the Holdsworth similarities start and finish.

An excellent debut album. A most strongly recommended album.

Thanks to dick heath for the artist addition.

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