White Lung | 15/05/14

Image: White Lung Face Down

White Lung have dosed us with another visceral video, ‘Face Down’, from their upcoming full-length album, Deep Fantasy, out June 16th via Domino.  The single ‘Face Down’ is released on the same day. Following a raucous show at The Great Escape last weekend which took Brighton by storm, the band return to the UK next Thursday, May 22nd for a what’s set to be an intense headline show at London’s 100 Club.

Vocalist Mish Way explains the video: "Basically, I had this really big vision for it where I wanted to rip off two different old videos, one involving Anthony Kiedis. But then, I asked Pierce McGary to do it and I knew he would have a totally different perspective and make it all "Pierce", which was exactly what I wanted. His filming style reflects this L7 video I love "Stuck Here Again" and he turned it out."

Deep Fantasy is their third full length and proves White Lung to be every bit as confrontational as before, but it appears that Vancouver’s hard hitting rock n’ roll outfit have opened their sound up just enough to draw listeners in before kicking them in the face. (In a good way.)

Way is more provocative and melodic than ever on Deep Fantasy, lyrically surveying addiction (“Drown With the Monster”), body dysmorphia (“Snake Jaw”) and sexual dynamics (“Down It Goes,”) amongst other dinner table topics.  Guitarist Kenneth William, a devotee of Johnny Marr “plays with the speed of an 80s hardcore dude” whirled in Anne-Marie Vassiliou’s relentless and seemingly effortless approach to drumming.

After a year plus of near constant touring behind last album, Sorry — which won raves from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Interview —White Lung slimmed to a trio in the studio; Mish Way, drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou and guitarist Kenneth William. Deep Fantasy was made primarily in Vancouver with producer Jesse Gander (who also did both Sorry and their 2010 debut It’s the Evil) in just two, ten day-long sessions at the end of last year and the start of this one.  Kenneth William handled bass duties on Deep Fantasy while Wax Idols' Hether Fortune will take up bass and backing vocal duties on tour for the foreseeable future.


Deep Fantasy will be available to pre-order. 1,000 limited edition (WIGLP335X) coke bottle clear vinyl with a 9"x24" folded screen-printed poster will be available, plus 50 randomly selected fans will receive a fanzine designed by the band. This will be available through Dom Mart and Indies.  Pre-order the album HERE and through iTunes HERE

White Lung Live Dates:


15th: Futrum, Prague, Czech Rep

16th: Arena at Dreiraum, Vienna, Austria (Tickets)

17th: Strom, Munich, Germany (Tickets)

18th: 1210, Stuttgart, Germany (Tickets)

20th: MTC, Cologne, Germany (Tickets)

21st: DB’s, Utrecht, Holland

22nd: 100 Club, London, UK (Tickets)

23rd – 25th May: Dot to Dot Festival UK (Tickets)

26th: Gold Sounds Fest, Leeds, UK (Tickets)


5 June: Factory Theatre, Sydney (co-headline with Upset)

6 June: Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane (co-headline with Upset)

7 June: The Tote, Melbourne (co-headline with Upset)

9 June: Howler, Melbourne (co-headline with Upset)

11 June: Churchills, Christchurch, NZ

12 June: Bodega, Wellington, NZ

13 June: Kings Arms, Auckland, NZ

19 June: Dickens Pub, Calgary, Canada

21 June: Sled Island Music Festival, Calgary, Canada

24 June: Golden Tea House, Philadelphia, US

25th: Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY

26th: Mercury Lounge, New York, NY

27th: Le Divan Orange, Montreal, QC

28th: The Garrison, Toronto, ON

29 June: The Garrison, Toronto, Canada



25th-27th: Fuji Rock Festival, Niigata, Japan