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Video of the Moment #2188: White Lung

By on Tuesday, 20th September 2016 at 6:00 pm

This is looking like a bit of a punk week, isn’t it? Yesterday here on TGTF, we showed you the new video for ‘Rayguns’ by Aussies The Peep Tempel. This evening, we’ve returned to North America, British Columbia to be exact, for the new promo video from White Lung. Director Justin Gradin, who previously collaborated with the Vancouver punks on the promo ‘Hungry’, says about this one for ‘Sister’:

In a lonely world a man seeks to find love through his telephone. He discovers two women with whom he becomes obsessed with from their captivating and elegant conversations. In the end, these two women’s thrilling lives and escalating partying leave the man feeling isolated and rejected again…It’s basically a ’90s chat line commercial on PCP.

Considering that nearly all blind date-style dating happens now online and not on the phone, it’s pretty throwback. And unfortunately for our hapless protagonist, it’s as frustrating as today’s online dating scene. ‘Sister’ appears on the band’s fourth and 2016 Polaris Prize-nominated album ‘Paradise’, which is out now on Domino Records. Watch it below. For more on TGTF on White Lung, head here.



Video of the Moment #2145: White Lung

By on Friday, 22nd July 2016 at 6:00 pm

This week, Vancouver punks White Lung released their latest video. It’s for ‘Dead Weight’, the opening track to their album ‘Paradise’, which saw the light of day the same week Canadian Music Week 2016 was taking place in Toronto. Funny how that worked out, eh? While I didn’t get a chance to catch the Canadians at the festival, you can read all my coverage of who I did see through this link.

White Lung’s frontwoman Mish Barber-Way lives in Los Angeles now, and her abode in the City of Angels served as the backdrop for this promo, which was directed by John Stavas and co-produced by Deap Vally‘s Lindsey Troy. As one might expect from a punk band, this video is a lot of look. ‘Paradise’ is out now on Domino Records. For more on TGTF’s past coverage of White Lung, go here.



(CMW 2016 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2072: White Lung

By on Thursday, 28th April 2016 at 6:00 pm

Talk about fortuitous timing. Or maybe just good advance planning? Vancouver punks White Lung will be participating in Canadian Music Week 2016 next week in Toronto, and they’ll be releasing their newest album ‘Paradise’ on Friday, the 6th of May, on Domino Records. ‘Paradise’ follows 2014’s ‘Deep Fantasy’, described by our John as full of “primeval-punky goodness”.

Today, we’ve got a cut for you from ‘Paradise’, called ‘Below’. It’s another example of their uncompromising attitude, though lead singer Mish Barber-Way describes it as “my Stevie-Nicks-meets-Celine Dion ballad”. Hrm, okay. The video, directed by Richard Bates, Jr., stars actress AnnaLynne McCord, who appeared alongside Barber-Way in the director’s most recent film Trash Fire, and others dressed as Marilyn Monroe lookalikes. Watch the video below. The band will be appearing at CMW next Friday the 6th of May, their album release day, at Velvet Underground at 1 AM. For more on White Lung on TGTF, go here.


White Lung / November 2014 UK Tour

By on Monday, 4th August 2014 at 9:00 am

Canadian punk band White Lung have just announced a short tour of the UK in support of their recently released LP ‘Deep Fantasy’, which was given high marks by John in his review here. Below the tour date listing, you can watch the video for album track ‘Face Down’. Tickets for the following shows are on sale now.

Monday 3rd November 2014 – London Shacklewell Arms
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Brighton Green Door Store
Wednesday 5th November 2014 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Thursday 6th November 2014 – Glasgow Stereo



Video of the Moment #1570: White Lung

By on Friday, 11th July 2014 at 6:00 pm

Canadian band White Lung have a new promo out for ‘In Your Home’. While it’s black and white, it features some pretty comedic Photoshop-esque effects to keep things interesting while the band thrashes out the song. Watch the video below.

The song appears on the band’s third album ‘Deep Fantasy’, now out on Domino Records. Read John’s review of the LP here.



Album Review: White Lung – Deep Fantasy

By on Thursday, 26th June 2014 at 12:00 pm

Need something abrasive and thoroughly obnoxious to kick you out of that post-England-being-knocked-out-of-the-World-Cup stupor? In search of a wake-up track after those 11 o’clock kick-offs?

Well, prepare yourself for a 22-minute long aural assault of epic proportions. White Lung seem to only have one mode and on their new record ‘Deep Fantasy’, and that is full-on frenetic. Should we be surprised? Well, not really, since this is the Vancouver-based trio’s third full length album – and I use the term full-length with gusto – as at 22 minutes, this is their longest outing yet.

Frontwoman Mish Way on vocals is not shy to announce her credentials as a punked up mix between Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Joan Jett. Whilst Anne-Marie Vassiliou on drums will cast away any memories of lethargic female drummers (Meg White, we’re looking at you dear) – as she’s an absolute livewire on the kit – delving into the kind of tempo you’d expect on a thrash metal record. Kenneth William has the unenviable task of keeping up with these two pace-setters on guitar, and throughout the album he achieves a breakneck pace and new addition Hether Fortune rifles along frantically on the bass.


The record starts in ferocious form with the emotion and drama of ‘Drown with the Monster’ before we’re thrown into arguably the catchiest of this collection of 2 and a bit minute bangers, ‘Down It Goes’. The first two tracks are characteristic of the rest of the album. No time is wasted, there’s no mucking about with effects – it’s a sub-30-minute burst of feminist punk rock assaulting your ear drums in the most visceral of fashions.

Way isn’t afraid to go rampaging into – probably dropkicking them in the soft gooey parts in the process – some deep issues. ‘Snake Jaw’ is almost a lyrical assault on issues with the female body image – the stresses of matters like body dysmorphia and western obsessions with size 0 – all tuned to a thunderous mashing of power chords and heavy percussion.

The only things that trips me up on this album, is that upon each new listen, it occurs to me more and more that this record and the band in general is probably only going to be enjoyed by the journalistas of London and the hardcore punkers. It’s in vogue to be a bit edgy and crack along with the whole ‘90s women’s revolutionary rock scene, e.g., ala Hole and co. The band are obviously extremely merchandisable – this shouldn’t be viewed as a band thing – but it always makes me feel uneasy. Perhaps it’s just me being a cynical hack though? Throughout ‘Deep Fantasy’, from ‘Drown with the Monster’ to ‘In Your Home’, the album does seem incredibly genuine and heartfelt.

‘Deep Fantasy’ is a vital listen for anyone starving from a lack of primeval-punky goodness (just make sure you haven’t got weak eardrums) and with its feminist dusting, it could prove itself to be an even more vital listen.


‘Deep Fantasy’, White Lung’s third album for Domino Records, is out now.


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