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Aged just 18/19-years-old The Wha are dual vocalists and guitarists Finn Cusack and Sam Cullen, joined by Marek Lech (bass) and Abe G. Harris (drums). Childhood friends Finn and Sam met in primary school, eventually forging a songwriting partnership aged just 15 years-old that would go on to form the nucleus of The Wha. Influenced by the evergreen greats - The Beatles, Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan - and contemporary auteurs like Julian Casablancas, Alex Turner and Father John Misty, as well as playwright Sarah Kane, satirist Flann O’Brien and novelist Jack Kerouac; The Wha find humour and understanding everywhere - piling it high alongside buoyant riffs, tempestuous rhythms, and Finn and Sam’s wry lyricism.

The first fruits of their songwriting labours was August’s ‘Innocents’: a paean to growing up, the Catholic Church’s well-documented scandals and addiction. ‘40 Odd Years’ takes their songwriting into  a different lane. Still energetic, raw and playfully chaotic, they now flirt with a darker lyrical tone - “it’s about a grandmother turning lesbian and her lover subsequently murdering her husband...” - which remains offset by signature jangling guitars and bluesy gut-punch delivery from Cullen (who takes up vocal duties on this one).

As well as Steve Lamacq, Radio X’s Gordon Smart and Felix White and a host of press tastemakers including Dork Magazine and DIY Magazine - who recently made The Wha a  ‘Get To Know’ artist HERE - have already thrown their weight behind the teenage outfit, who originally caught the eye of Chess Club with an early demo of ‘Innocents’. Currently home to the likes of Alfie Templeman, Bloxx and Phoebe Green, with previous discoveries including Wolf Alice, Jungle, Billie Marten and Sundara Karma, Chess Club has proven a fertile breeding ground for exciting new emerging talent - and The Wha are no exception.

Last updated: October 2019