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Thompson, who possesses impressive range, has become much more than a capable stopgap, and, when wielding her self-crafted electric steel violin, she makes this highbrow instrument rock in a manner seldom seen since Tracy Bonham sawed her way through a spirited cover of a P.J. Harvey tune at a local gig several years ago. Still, Mace, whom Thompson describes as "phenomenal" and "a found gem," was the band's savior, as the process of auditioning bass players had left the other members at their Whet's end. Once Mace solidified the slot, the group began the painstaking process of revamping its catalog, eliminating some existing songs and thoroughly reworking others.
At this point, only a select few fans have heard the result, but it's certainly promising that Whet has been able to win over the rowdy fans of such heavy funksters as Hairy Apes BMX and Six Percent, for whom this rhythm-driven outfit has opened. Thompson says Whet's future plans include gigs at The Hurricane and Pauly's, so keep an eye on those clubs' calendars for the still-rare opportunity to see these seasoned artists in action.