After receiving accolades and recognition for 2014’s Deep Fantasy, White Lung are back with a new album and a much deeper and satisfying sound. Coming from Vancouver, Canada, the heavy sounds border on punk and hardcore with fist pumping anthems that incites small doses of anarchy from neighboring crowds. As part of the Red Bull’s 30 Days in LA selection, the intimate venue at Resident in Downtown Los Angeles was the epicenter for the chaos raining down upon the White Lung fans. The kids were ready to rock with these dudes and dudettes.
The show opener, Dude York, are a tri0 from Seattle who played to the crowd as their theatrics entertained the front row where vocalist/guitarist Peter Richards made sure everyone remembered the aural scars inflicted by this band. Bassist/vocalist Claire England harmonized with Richards on new tracks from their upcoming album titled Sincerely due out early next year. Drummer Andrew Hall assaulted the drums on “The Way I Feel” as he asked Richards what this song was about. Richards playfully replied, “It’s about the way I feel.” The rock ballads were laced with pop-rock and kept the harmonies dripping all across the stage with new tracks from their upcoming release.
Following the stellar performance from Seattle’s finest, Canadian singer-songwriter Nicole Dollanganger appeared on stage in a silhouette of blue lit fog waiting for the right moment to strike with her dark and apocalyptic sound. Dressed in all black, her monstrous backing band piled on the goth-rock shattering the silence in the room. Coming from a background where quite bedroom-pop fills Dollanganger’s bio and links, songs were deconstructed and rearranged to include the dramatic sound of two guitars, bass and drums. Her original cover of My Chemical Romance’s “Helena” is a subtle dreamy track but with the band behind her, the song built to a climactic finish as she added her unique voice to a great song. She finished off strong with the deadly track “Angels of Porn (II).”
As the crowd wiped off the sweat from the two openers, they had their targets set on Vancouver’s hard-hitting thrashers White Lung. The blonde at the center of the stage, Mish Barber-Way, was dressed in a deceiving tidy blazer and joined on stage by guitarist Kenneth William, drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou and bassist Lindsey Troy. The agro-punk antics of White Lung set off an instant mosh pit at the center of the room as the crowd butted heads to the songs “Below,” “Paradise” and “Kiss Me When I Bleed.” The intensity from the distorted guitar stunned the crowd while the moshers grew in size by the end of the set. The ferocity and aggression in the music luckily did not warrant the paramedics to step in and resuscitate the victims. The passion and vigor behind White Lung’s music is what keeps the fans coming back for more. White Lung’s latest album Paradise is out now with a current tour in Australia scheduled for early 2017.
I Beg You
Kiss Me When I Bleed
Take The Mirror
Down It Goes
Drown With The Monsters