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Get to know Typhoon


Words // Adam Sharp

You’d be hard pressed to find another band like Typhoon. They are 13 (or so) members strong, and, while lead singer Kyle Morton writes startlingly dark lyrics, they produce some of the most infectious, triumphant and intense music you’ll find. Their sound is a study in contrasts: between deathly quiet and riotous crescendos, between lyrics that cut deep and rhythms that make you want to stomp your feet and clap your hands, and between the delicate melodies and blaring horns and yelled choruses.  Whether you know it or not, you need to be listening to Typhoon.

There’s a point around the 2:10 mark of ‘The Honest Truth’ where I find it impossible to stop myself from stomping and yelling along, no matter the setting I find myself in. I’m inclined to believe that you may not be alive if you can keep still from that point on in the song.

I feel as though ‘Summer Home’ is a pretty perfect example of what makes Typhoon so special. The words are heavy, a rumination on those childhood memories we can’t relive and the struggle to let go of it all, but, like all Typhoon songs, there’s a sense of redemption and hope underlying it all (this time in the form of handclaps and that age old question: can you wait for summer?).

Typhoon - Summer Home

‘Common Sentiment,’ an unreleased song they played as part of their recently released debut Daytrotter session, proves that the best is yet to come for this band. There’s just something about this song that causes me to hit the repeat button each time it’s done.

Typhoon - Common Sentiment

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This is, by far, the best description of Typhoon I've ever read. You've put the words to "paper" that I've been trying to muster since discovering them earlier this year. Holy moly.

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