Resilient and hard hitting rock n’ roll outfit, White Lung are set to release their
third album Deep Fantasy via Domino Recording Co. on June 17th. The band is
every bit as confrontational as before, but they’ve managed to open their sound
up just enough to draw listeners in before kicking them in the face. In a good way.
After a year plus of near constant touring behind their last album Sorry - which
won raves from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Interview - White Lung slimmed to a
trio in the studio; vocalist 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. 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.
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.
William, a devotee of Johnny Marr “plays with the speed of an 80s hardcore dude”
whirled in Vassiliou’s relentless and seemingly effortless approach to drumming.