Typhoon is an American indie rock band from Oregon.
The band has eleven members. They have released four albums, two EPs, a split 7-inch record with Olympia-based band Lake, and have contributed to a number of compilations. The band originated in Salem, Oregon in 2005 but is now based in Portland, Oregon. They are signed to the indie record label Roll Call Records.
On August 4, 2011, Typhoon made their television debut on Late Show with David Letterman, performing “The Honest Truth”.
Typhoon’s music is marked by complicated arrangements and careful orchestration. Live performances routinely involve 12 or more band members playing at once. According to Lauren Rosenthal at mySpoonful which describes new music: “The group masterfully combines indie rock instrumentals and vocals with violins, percussion, hand claps, xylophone, horns and a choir of other instruments, making for inspiring and catchy songs.” The indie rock band out of Portland, Oregon emulates sounds similar to Frightened Rabbit, Bright Eyes, Beirut, and Arcade Fire.
Their early recordings reveal a greater degree of experimentation with various styles, including a number of “sea shanties”, country western and Eastern European-inspired songs. Their more recent output, including their album Hunger & Thirst and its companion EP, A New Kind of House, show a more focused and consistent sound, and a greater focus on creating a cohesive thematic through-line. Many of the songs are preoccupied with mortality and directly reference lead singer and primary songwriter Kyle Morton’s own struggle with Lyme Disease as a child.
In 2010 Typhoon was voted number two on Willamette Week’s annual list of the top ten best new bands in Portland. Their music has appeared on the SyFy series Being Human and the NBC series Chuck. They have opened for The Thermals, Quasi, Yann Tiersen, Explosions in the Sky, The Decemberists, and The Shins and toured with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Their song “The Honest Truth” was ranked #3 in Paste magazine’slist of the 50 best songs of 2011.