By Andrew Hunter
White Lung’s album Deep Fantasy may be short, coming in at around twenty two minutes, but makes up for it in aggression and pace. The band has said in interviews that the name of the album Deep Fantasy “sounds like a gross porn movie!” ….but you’re going to have to pick up the pace if you want to perform coitus to this record and hopefully it will last longer than one of White Lungs songs (the longest one is 2:47).
This album is essentially a punk album, mixing qualities of L7 and The Misfits, it’s a loud, fast, aggressive record. I feel like Deep Fantasy becomes more passionate because of the screaming vocals of front women Mish Way, but is totally helped by drummer Annie-Marie Vassilou (I love the drums on this) and guitarist Kenneth William. Vassilou’s pounding, ceaseless drums on opener “Drown The Monster” combines with the intense riffing guitar sound of William. On “Snake Jaw” the influences of Hole and Courtney Love shine through more distinctly than other tracks. Lyrically, addiction to someone or something, bad places/bad situations, depression and sex are all touched upon on this short journey of a record. Last track “In Your Home” really stands because it feels like the most slowed down track, but that’s just compared to the speed of other songs on this high velocity effort from White Lung. This could be a sign of where this Vancouver punk band will go on their next effort, because this album seems like a tough act to follow, twenty two minutes of unadulterated aggressive short songs, where do you go after that? It’s not that I want White Lung to change the style. I feel like there is more to White Lung when you have the lyrics in front of you too. It will be interesting to see where they go next. They may have a little fluffy dog on the cover but White Lung will try and maul you with a wall of sound and sheer willpower.
see White Lung in the UK
November 3 - Shacklewell Arms - London
November 4 - Green Door Store - Brighton
November 5 - Soup Kitchen - Manchester
November 6 - Stereo - Glasgow