Whitehorse is a Canadian folk rock band composed of husband-and-wife duo Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. Doucet and McClelland were both established and successful singer-songwriters in their own right, both before and after they married in 2006. In 2011, they opted to put their solo careers on hold to work together as a band.
The duo have released three albums and two EPs on Six Shooter Records. They are currently based in Hamilton, Ontario.
In July 2013, their second album The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss was shortlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. That year, they also played their first show at Massey Hall, one of Canada's most storied music venues; to mark the occasion, they released The Road to Massey Hall, an EP comprising cover versions of songs written and performed by other artists who had previously performed there.
In 2014, they released Éphémère sans repère, an EP of French language versions of several of their songs. Lyric translations for the EP were provided by Pierre Marchand.
Their third full-length album, Leave No Bridge Unburned, was released on February 17, 2015.
Whitehorse performs live as a duo. While each of Doucet and McClelland play guitar as their primary instruments as singer-songwriters, as Whitehorse, each performs on a number of instruments.
The band makes extensive use of live looping; most commonly by opening many songs by creating layered drum and percussion loops to serve as a drum track. They also loop instrumental portions and vocal phrases in some songs. Doucet generally plays the drum kit parts with McClelland adding other percussion elements. McClelland plays bass guitar and keyboards along with acoustic (and occasionally electric) guitar. Other than drums, Doucet generally plays electric (or acoustic outfitted to sound as an electric) guitar, with occasional keyboards. The duo also often uses several different vocal mics to achieved different sounds.
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