"It's those little imperfections, which give it a real, honest feel, I think." Robins is quick to agree: "No one had veto power. If everybody else liked that I missed a note in a particular part of the song, it didn't matter that I wanted to do it over. We'd keep the flub anyway, and eventually I'd see that they were right."
It's this level of openness and mutual respect that may prove to be Or, the Whale's greatest asset. By the time this goes to print, the close-knit, fiercely DIY band will be wrapping up a 25-city coast-to-coast tour that it orchestrated itself proof positive of the commitment the members share with one another and their cause. Garfield, Fantl, Robins, and Sartain along with fellow members accordionist-organist-vocalist Julie Ann Thomasson and drummer-vocalist Jesse Hunt will end their journey here in San Francisco, at the Great American Music Hall, deserving of a hero's welcome. "This tour booking everything, promoting it all ourselves it means everything to us," Garfield explains. "We're really proud of what we've done. This truly shows how much we mean to each other, and it's just going to bring us even closer together."<\!s>*
OR, THE WHALE
With Birds and Batteries and Social Studies
Aug. 25, 9 p.m., $12
Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell, SF