White Lung’s new album Paradise comes with the approval of Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, so you know it’ll be a well thought-through work. Their indie-punk-rock is full of fierce energy, but the songs are also very lyrically involved. And Paradise wastes no time, firing through its 10 songs in just 28 minutes. On Domino.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 04 May 2016
Uh… I forget what White Lung used to sound like? Like, I forgot right now, because this record has wiped my memory clear of them. I seem to recall they were kinda snarling indie punks with a penchant for writing short, unkempt songs light on hooks but heavy on immediate punch. We’re coming into ‘Paradise’ all wrong then, and I’m pretty sure Paxman’s about to deduce 5 points for assuming things about them a little too early; “Dead Weight” comes on and I’m listening to a pop-punk band trying to replicate their favourite metal riffs in your front room.
‘Paradise’ certainly feels different from the band I knew: it’s lighter, sillier. It feels like White Lung are having a particularly cheesy halloween. It works for them, I think: the riffs are more memorable simply because they’re sillier, and hearing the band rush through properly catchy, dangerously fluorescent post-punk makes them sound a little brighter by proxy -- with their sparkly guitar tones and big verse build-ups (looking at you, “Below”), Mish Barber’s songs now sound like exciting lil’ city night-rides. This is the same band? How the fuck?
Sometimes I’m legitimately relieved when a record can make me laugh from the corner of our office and smile into empty space as much as this one does; ‘Paradise’ is kinda ridiculous -- the urgent pop-punk chug of “Demented” is literally being released by Domino -- but its shredding and whining and chord sequence cheeseballing is an enjoyable and extremely unexpected bit of pathos. I would like to thank White Lung for having a sense of humour.
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