WHITE Are Bringing "A Hurtling Juggernaut Of Pink Noise" To Your Eardrums
The Glasgow five-piece catch up with MTV on the summer past and 'Future Pleasures'...
They’ve been floating around on our MTV Rocks playlist for weeks, Annie Mac is a fan and they’ve been chosen by Jo Whiley to play a BBC Introducing showcase at London’s Maida Vale later this month. It’s safe to say Glasgow band WHITE are on fire.
Fronted by Leo Condie, previously of The Low Miffs, the five-piece outfit brings the noise with drummer Kirstin Lynn, guitarists Hamish Fingland and Chris Potter (both Kassidy alumni) and bassist Lewis Andrew (another Kassidy graduate).
Now two singles in, with their debut London show coming up, we grabbed a quick fire chat with the band to find out what’s good.
MTV UK: We’ve read the comparisons to David Bowie, The Associates, LCD Soundsystem… But who are the real WHITE and how would you describe your music?
WHITE: We usually make the music and leave it to others to describe, but since you ask, A HURTLING JUGGERNAUT OF PINK NOISE.
MTV UK: The year most associated with you guys seems to be 1981. Why do you think journos are pinpointing this exact time in music?
WHITE: None of us were born within years of 1981, so we have no idea either. It's a nice-looking year though.
MTV UK: You’ve all been in bands before. Were any of them even remotely similar to WHITE?
WHITE: They couldn't be further from it.
MTV UK: How did they help you prep for the machine you’re becoming now?
WHITE: We all got our live chops from going up and down the country playing in those previous bands, and learned what not to do... When we launched WHITE we only released one song, already had the logo and image nailed down, and put up no more info than that. It generated a lot more buzz than the slower approach bands usually have when they start out.
MTV UK: Kirstin, there’s been hype surrounding female drummers for years, yet there still seems to be so few of you in the grand scheme of things – why do you think that is?
WHITE: There are definitely more now than ever before, but the facial expressions that come with the job could potentially be quite off-putting!
MTV UK: You played so many festivals this summer, but which one had the best vibes?
WHITE: Secret Garden Party was amazing: we got invited to be second headliner on the main stage after the booker saw us at the Great Escape and thought we could fit the bill. It was our biggest gig so far and we did our best not to be distracted by the giant video screens showing our shape-throwing selves...
MTV UK: What about your favourite gig venue so far?
WHITE: Poetry Club in Glasgow is super cool. It's where we did our first Glasgow headline shows, a dingy speakeasy by the railway, owned by the artist Jim Lambie. It’s full of weird works of art and weirder people.
MTV UK: You’re headlining Tenement Trail in your home city of Glasgow this weekend. What’s the best thing about playing to the home crowd?
WHITE: We get a lot of love from Glasgow audiences; our last gig at Stereo was rammed and full of dancing. Hopefully more of the same this week!
MTV UK: With a gig in Amsterdam for Halloween, what have each of your best Halloween costumes been, from childhood or beyond?
WHITE: Last year we had a band Halloween party. Chris came as a lady and our friend Stephen came dressed in a full body suit made of his own dog's hair.
MTV UK: We’ve heard ‘Future Pleasures’, we’ve heard ‘Blush’; when can we expect the next WHITE single to drop and will we be surprised by what we hear?
WHITE: We're writing and recording all the time, and before long you'll hear the next fruit of our labour, which will be a peach.