“WWIII” by Jimmy Whispers

"WWIII" by Jimmy Whispers is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day
Jimmy Whispers Photo by Alexandra Kacha

A new one-off single from Jimmy Whispers is out now, titled “WWIII.” Following the release of his album The Search For God earlier this year, the track sees Jimmy go in a new sonic direction, veering away from his usual electronic style. While the album was created mostly with two vintage synths, a drum machine, and a busted karaoke machine, “WWIII” was recorded in a studio with Jimmy as a guitar-playing singer-songwriter alongside an all-star cast. The nostalgic, breezy vibe of the instrumental belies the song’s true meaning, as Jimmy’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics about memes and television spell out a bleak modern existence. Jonathan Rado (Weyes Blood, Father John Misty, Whitney), produced the track and also played drums and piano, Macie Stewart (Finom, FKA Ohmme) added strings, John Anderson (Girls) played guitar, and it was mixed by Jarvis Taveniere (Woods, Purple Mountains, Waxahatchee).

The release comes alongside an official lyric video that uses classic memes to display the lyrics, and footage of Jimmy with his guitar in the mountains.

Speaking about the track he says: “I first wrote “WWIII” back in 2016, but it now seems to mirror our present day existence in 2023. A world war already in progress under our noses. We sit docile in our homes glued to our screens, distracted from climate change, violence, and a fast-approaching technological singularity: Memes are “just words on top of pictures” / TV is “just one big long commercial” / Young couples question “How can we raise a child just to watch them die in this world?” This song feels more relevant now than ever.”

Jimmy Whispers 2023 Tour Dates:

Aug 22 – Seattle, WA @ Here-After *
Aug 23 – Portland, OR @ Show Bar *
Aug 25 – San Francisco, CA @ House Show *
Aug 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon *
Sept 28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Let’s Fest
Oct 4 – Barcelona, Spain @ Heliogàbal
Oct 5 – Zaragoza, Spain @ La Lata de Bombillas
Oct 6 – San Sebastián, Spain @ Altxerri
Oct 7 – Biarritz, France @ Pioche Projects
Oct 8 – Limoges, France @ Le Phare
Oct 11 – Paris, France @ L’International
Oct 12 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Hus 7
Oct 13 – Malmö, Sweden @ Plan B
Oct 14 – Kolding, Denmark @ Pitstop
Oct 15 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ H15
Oct 17 – Laval, France @ La Fosse
Oct 18 – Liège, Belgium @ KulturA.
Oct 19 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Left of the Dial
Oct 20 – Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Hit The City
Oct 21 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Left of the Dial
Oct 22 – London, England @ The George Tavern ^
Oct 23 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The Old Hairdresser’s
Oct 24 – Bristol, England @ The Lanes
Oct 26 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg @ Kulturfabrik
Oct 27 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Waxy Bar
Oct 28 – Düsseldorf, Germany @ MicroPopWeek
Nov 1 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Underdogs’
Nov 2 – Berlin, Germany @ Loophole
Nov 3 – Warsaw, Poland @ Chmury ^
Nov 4 – Krakow, Poland @ Klub RE ^
Nov 5 – Vienna, Austria @ SSTR6 ^

* w/ Annie Hart

Watch the lyric video HERE.


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