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Glasgow five-piece WHITE aptly describe their spiky new wave sound as ‘a hurtling synth juggernaut of pink noise’. Tune into their wonky alt-pop sound ahead of key festival dates this summer...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 30 Mar 2016
  • min read
Glasgow five-piece WHITE aptly describe their spiky new wave sound as ‘a hurtling synth juggernaut of pink noise’.

Taking their musical cues from LCD Soundsystem, Roxy Music and Talking Heads, they’re all sharp elbows and angular choruses.

Part Duran Duran, part Franz Ferdinand, singer Leo Condie and his gang mix the base elements of synth-pop and lean indie with a big glam rock wallop.

Together with bandmates Hamish Fingland (guitar), Chris Potter (guitar), Lewis Andrew (bass) and Kirstin Lynn (drums), Leo has past form in previous Glasgow outfits but came together to form WHITE in 2014 to bring a splash of colour to the local live circuit.

After a short incubation period, they appeared last year with red hot debut single Living Fiction and a storming set at The Great Escape.

Now prepping for a set at the upcoming Live At Leeds festival (30 April), and a return trip to The Great Escape (May), the quintet look set to spread their musical spectacle far and wide this summer.

We caught up with Leo to learn more…

We first started making music because…
It seemed like a good idea at the time.

We have been making music since…
Together: 2014. Apart: even as babes our wails were mellifluous, possibly.

Our music is…
A hurtling synth juggernaut of pink noise. A debauched, post-punk spectacle. About as reserved as our silver shoes. Loud and good for dancing to.

You'll like our music if you listen to...
LCD Soundsystem, Roxy Music, Soulwax, Talking Heads, Arcade Fire.

Our favourite venue is…
The Poetry Club in Glasgow. A speakeasy decorated by a Turner Prize artist. We played our first hometown gig there, then our second the night after. It's so cool.

Music is important because…
Paintings don't make you dance, riches don't make you cry: music does it all and a few things in-between...


Our biggest inspiration is…
The audience!

Our dream collaboration would be…
Brian Eno/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/anyone with a massive room full of synths.

To try us out, listen to our song…
Living Fiction. It's the first song we wrote together and where it all fell into place.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Wishing we were making music.

In 10 years’ time we want to be…
As obsessed with writing and playing our music as we always have been. And five years younger.

www.calledwhite.com