White Lung | 24/02/16

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After the critically acclaimed release Deep Fantasy (2014), White Lung return with their fourth studio album Paradise, due out May 6, 2016 on Domino. Coming in at a succinct yet powerful 28 minutes, the album simmers with desire and pain, love and beauty, and a seething urgency, hurtling towards the album closer and title track Paradise at signature breakneck speed.

In addition to today’s album announcement, White Lung are pleased to share the video for first single ‘Hungry’, which was scripted by Mish Barber-Way and Justin Gradin, directed by Gradin, and stars Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants, The Ring, 127 Hours, House).

Says Gradin on the video:

“’Hungry’ plays with identity and perception, and the idea that sometimes public attention can create more isolation and delusion. The video focuses on a self-obsessed girl (who is barely famous as the model on a brand of canned condensed milk) as she struggles to seem important while being haunted by the ghosts of fame until her eventual epiphany of disposability."

For the making of Paradise, vocalist Mish Barber-Way, guitarist Kenneth William and drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou reconnected in Los Angeles to work with producer Lars Stalfors (HEALTH, Cold War Kids, Alice Glass). In October of 2015, White Lung spent a month in the studio, working closely with Stalfors to challenge what could be done with their songs. Bringing all the energy, unique guitar work and lyrical prowess the band are known for to the studio, White Lung curated their songs with a new pop sensibility, focusing in on making a record for the present - “I wanted a record that sounded like it was made in 2016”, said William. Mixed by Stalfors and later mastered by Joe LaPorta, Paradise is their smartest, brightest songwriting yet. 

Mish Barber-Way and Kenneth William sat down with Annie Clark aka St. Vincent to discuss the making of the album and their creative process. The entire conversation can be read here.

“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 songwriting we have ever done, and I expect the next record to be the same. I have no interest in staying in kindergarten.”Mish Barber-Way, in conversation with Annie Clark.


Paradise is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe colored vinyl, limited edition tri-glitter cassette, CD, and digital download.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / Bandcamp / iTunes

Paradise Tracklisting

01. Dead Weight

02. Narcoleptic

03. Below

04. Kiss Me When I Bleed

05. Demented

06. Sister

07. Hungry

08. I Beg You

09. Vegas

10. Paradise


White Lung will be touring extensively in support of the new album. All dates currently announced are listed below, including SXSW next month and their return to UK shores in May. Tickets go on sale this Friday from www.whitelung.ca.

White Lung 2016 Tour Dates

Fri Mar 11 || Vancouver, BC || The Cobalt Cabaret

Tues 15 – Sat 19 Mar || Austin, TX || SXSW

Sun 20 Mar || San Antonio, TX || Paper Tiger

Fri 6 May || Toronto, ON || Velvet Underground

Sat 7 May || Brooklyn, NY || Baby’s All Right

Tue 24 May || Brighton || Green Door Store

Wed 25 May || Bristol || Start the Bus

Thu 26 May || London || The Victoria

Fri 27 May || Birmingham || The Flapper

Sat 28 May || Leeds || Brudenell Games Room

Sun 29 May || Manchester || The Star & Garter

Tue 31 May || Paris || Point Ephemere

Wed 1 Jun || Liege || La Zone

Thu 2 Jun || The Hague || Paard

Fri 3 Jun || Amsterdam || Paradiso

Fri 22 Jul || Oro-Medonte, ON || Way Home Festival

Jul 29-31 || Montreal, QC || Osheaga Festival

For tickets, visit www.whitelung.ca