With the anticipation for this weekend’s Electric Fields festival at an all-time high, one act you don’t want to miss out on is Glasgow five-piece WHITE.
Without even an EP to their name, the band have established themselves as one of the most exciting acts to emerge from Scotland in some time with an impressive run of singles, each as good as the next. Wearing their influences proudly on their sleeve, they make the kind of music that makes an instant impact with funky guitar rhythms, pulsing beats and dark disco vibes; more than anything, these guys make you want to get up on the dancefloor.
Inevitably, they have now grown a reputation as being one of the most compelling live acts around, hitting festival season hard this year with a series of big performances. The crowds at Electric Fields will therefore be in for a treat this weekend when they hit the Stewart Cruickshank stage on Saturday. Get those dancing shoes on.
We caught up with drummer Kirstin Lynn to hear about their thoughts on the upcoming festival and what’s in store for the band…
Hey guys, how’s festival season going so far?
We’ve spent just about every weekend since June in a field and it’s been ups all the way. It’s been a solid 12 out of 10. Still not managed to get a tan, but you can’t have everything.
What are you looking forward to about Electric Fields? Who are you most looking forward to seeing?
We’re really excited about getting to play in front of a Scottish crowd again as they have no boundaries and are always so supportive of us. It’s also going to be fantastic to share the bill with so many of the amazing bands creating a buzz in the local scene that we’re lucky enough to call our friends. Baby Strange, The Ninth Wave, The Van T’s and Neon Waltz are all must-sees, as well as Primal Scream, Fat White Family and The Go! Team.
How do you feel about the smaller festivals in comparison with the bigger ones?
So far we’ve been lucky and each festival we’ve been to has had its own charm, much like a forward roll through a box of Krispy Kremes.
Who are your dream festival headliners?
LCD Soundsystem. Dreams came true this summer.
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Three festival essentials?
1- A powerpack to charge everyone in the band’s phone so you always have a full battery even in the likely event of no reception.
2- A tote bag.
3- An endless supply of energy drinks to ride the internal waves of said tote bag, providing dance fuel at a moments notice.
Best festival memory?
Torn between so many, but Metropolis in Rotterdam last month was insane. The crowd went on forever, as did the dancing. It was outstanding.
Can you tell us a bit about your new single ‘I Liked You Better When You Needed Me’?
This is the second track to be released from our forthcoming EP and it’s a pretty big song with heaps of guitar, head-bobbing bass and face-shaking chorus vocals. We’ve just introduced it into the live set, so it’ll be making its way down to Electric Fields.
There’s a lot of great bands coming out of Glasgow at the moment. How is it to be part of that community?
We feel really lucky to be in Glasgow and be part of the current explosion. There are so many great bands / artist / photographers / film makers / designers, it feels like a really cool and creative time, where we’re all working together with shared skills for a common goal. It’s a hell of a lot of fun.
What else is in store for the band?
Our debut EP, ‘Cuts That Don’t Bleed’ is being released on limited edition vinyl in the autumn, and we follow-up in December with a co-headline show at the ABC in Glasgow with Baby Strange. It’s going to be an absolute ripper.
This WHITE article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor. Photo by Martin D Barker Photography