White Lung have announced their new album ‘Paradise‘ will be out May 6th.
The band have also released the first track from the record. Check out ‘Hungry‘ below.
Speaking to St. Vincent‘s Annie Clark about the record (cos that’s just how White Lung do press releases) vocalist Mish Barber-Way explains “I do not think there is anything “different” about (‘Hungry’). It’s a solid, accessible White Lung song. Words like “accessible” scare rock musicians and please record labels. There’s this really stupid attitude that only punks have where it’s somehow uncool to become a better songwriter. In no other musical genre are your fans going to drop you when you start progressing. That would be like parents being disappointed in their child for graduating from kindergarten to the first grade. ‘Paradise’ is the best song writing we have ever done, and I expect the new record to be the same. I have no interest in staying in kindergarten.”
Guitarist Kenneth William expands, “I wanted a record that sounded like it was made in 2016. I didn’t want it to sound like any old bands that already existed. We always get compared to dated bands that I don’t think we sound like at all. But mostly, I wanted all of the songs to each have their own vibe and sense of place.”
“I am content in my life, which is really bad for writing songs,” continues Mish. “I’m not newly heartbroken or falling in love or struggling, so my dopamine is down along with my creativity. I’m married, content and happy. I make fine money. I like what I do for a living. I’m all serotonin. So, I wrote half of this album outside myself and from characters. Two songs are written from the voice of famous serial killers. Another song is two people fighting. This album is schizophrenic. I took from books, stereotypical love fables and turned them. I wrote songs based on news stories I felt deserved more attention.
“This album is not really about me. of course, I wrote some songs about my own life. Mostly love songs. I wanted” to be earnest. For me, it’s so much easier to write lyrics with cynicism, snark and spite then to genuinely write about being happy. I had to challenge that. But moreover, this record is a collection of other people’s stories I wanted to retell. There isn’t a lot of anger on this album. It’s colourful, bright, cotton-candy, over-saturated, neon signs and glitters…just paradise.”
The band have also announced a world tour. Dates as follows.
11 Vancouver, BC, The Cobalt Cabaret
15-19 Austin, TX, SXSW Festival
20 San Antonio, TX, Paper Tiger
06 Toronto, ON, Velvet Underground
07 Brooklyn, NY, Baby’s All Right
24 Brighton, Green Door Store
25 Bristol, Start The Bus
26 London, The Victoria
27 Birmingham, The Flapper
28 Leeds, Brudenell Games Room
29 Manchester, Star & Garter
31 Paris, Point Ephemere
01 Liege, La Zone
02 The Hague, Paard
03 Amsterdam, Paradiso
22 Oro-Medonte, ON, Way Home Festival
29-31 Montreal, QC, Osheaga Festival