White Suns have been on our radar for a little while now so this isn’t exactly a case of a brand new artist, but we’re guessing some of you won’t have heard of them yet. If you fit into that category, then read on … especially if you have a bent for crushing, disjointed, weird and scary noise a la your favourite No Wave artists.
No Wave eh? The genre that everyone had stopped referencing until the “No New York” compilation surfaced and brought the movement to the attention of people who weren’t even born when the respective bands were at the height of their powers. Now the phrase is dragged up every time someone hears something either / both “noise” and “difficult”, invariably inaccurately. Given a time machine, though, White Suns, would be well at home at 315 Bowery, aka CBGB, aka the original New York City hardcore and punk rock club in the mid – late 70s alongside Teenage Jesus’, Mars’ and Contortions were them.
If you visit White Suns Last.fm page the one descriptive word you’ll find there is “bludgeoning”. It’s pretty much all you need to know, granted, but in the name of heightened journalism (or just pretty average journalism tbh) I’ll take that a bit further. White Suns, who’ve been going since 2006, have that rare knack of marrying distortion, noise, feedback and squalls of random deformity into something that’s quite definitely more than the sum of its parts. It’s scary but recognisable and has the power to draw you in. They make guitars do things that they really shouldn’t be able to do.
White Suns have a new album due out on 18th March (my birthday – tis almost as though they knew) titled Totem. On this new album, we’re told, “White Suns’ signature onslaught is tempered by deadened stares and slow-burn instrumentals … Totem is rock music realising its obsolescence; the work of a band compelled to mutate.” Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Foetus) is also involved in it’s production, as good a guarantee it’s going to be a great listen as any.
Brooklyn’s White Suns has existed since 2006 and is comprised of members Kevin Barry, Dana Matthiessen and Rick Visser. The band sculpts sound using detuned guitars, amplified drums, and makeshift electronics. Their aural explorations begin at the intersection of punk and electronics-based noise, oscillating between crushingly dense assaults and articulate hushed passages.
A video for one of the tracks off the album, Carrion, premiered over on Noisey yesterday. You can check it out below if what you’ve read thus far has tickled your curiosity.
Pre-order the album here: theflenser.com.