On May 6th, White Lung are set to return with new album Paradise. Due out through Domino, the follow-up to 2014’s well-received Deep Fantasy was recorded last October in Los Angeles with producer Lars Stalfors (HEALTH, Cold War Kids).
Instead of a traditional press statement, the band’s Mish Barber-Way and Kenneth Williams sat down with St. Vincent’s Annie Clark for an in-depth Q&A on the LP, which they consider “the best song writing we’ve ever done.” Below are two choice excerpts from their discussion; read the full thing here.
On the goal of Paradise:
KW: “I wanted a record that sounded like it was made in 2016. I didn’t want it to sound like any old bands that already existed. We always get compared to dated bands that I don’t think we sound like at all. But mostly, I wanted all of the songs to each have their own vibe and sense of place.”
On what Barber-Way wanted to say through the new LP:
Barber-Way: “I am content in my life, which is really bad for writing songs. I’m not newly heartbroken or falling in love or struggling, so my dopamine is down along with my creativity. I’m married, content and happy. I make fine money. I like what I do for a living. I’m all serotonin. So, I wrote half of this album outside myself and from characters. Two songs are written from the voice of famous serial killers. Another song is two people fighting. This album is schizophrenic. I took from books, stereotypical love fables and turned them. I wrote songs based on news stories I felt deserved more attention. This album is not really about me.
This record is a collection of other people’s stories I wanted to retell … There isn’t a lot of anger on this album. It’s colorful, bright, cotton candy, oversaturated, neon signs and glitter … just paradise.”
To preview the new album, the Vancouver outfit has revealed lead single “Hungry” and its corresponding music video, which stars Amber Tamblyn (The Ring, 127 Hours) and features a cameo from George Clarke of Deafheaven. Its director Justin Gradin describes the clip as playing “with identity and perception, and the idea that sometimes public attention can create more isolation.”
01. Dead Weight
04. Kiss Me When I Bleed
08. I Beg You