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White Lung

White Lung: SorrySorry (2012)
Deranged Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Sometimes you don't need paragraph after paragraph in a review saying why some release is good; the reader should just be guided to the record and it will speak for itself. White Lung's sophomore release is one of those releases and in a fraction under 20 minutes it speaks volumes for itself. Mu.
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Sometimes you don't need paragraph after paragraph in a review saying why some release is good; the reader should just be guided to the record and it will speak for itself. White Lung's sophomore release is one of those releases and in a fraction under 20 minutes it speaks volumes for itself.

Musically this harkens back to a more primitive sound, which is often referred to as the Dangerhouse era, that was inextricably linked to Los Angeles in the early days of punk rock. Kenny McCorkall's guitar mostly eschews the use of big chords in favor of a scratchier, individual note kind of approach which adds an interesting and hugely beneficial edge to the music with Misha Way's voice being able to convey anger and torment both from a more hardcore perspective as well as a poppier approach at times too. The two elements provide the focal points that drag me in to this record. For me, these are the Dangerhouse rudiments.

The rhythm section of drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou and bassist Grady Mackintosh does exactly what is required across the 10 songs and that is help keep it all driving along at pace, that must ensure bucket loads of sweat fly when these songs are played live. Yes, this has a hardcore quality to it but as alluded to, there are moments of pop that fit in perfectly to stop this becoming a one dimensional slog from beginning to end. It's that perfect amalgam that has drawn me in and cemented me in as a fan of White Lung just from nineteen minutes of fury.

Sorry is a visceral piece of work and it has a sense of feelings and opinions being spat out in an attempt to try and exorcise something that is gnawing away deep within Way. The band manages to mix up the hardcore and melody to create something that all four members of White Lung should be proud of but which also needs to be lapped up by fans, old and new. If you've gotten through the needless paragraphs above then head straight to Bandcamp and listen to this record. It will be in my top 10 at the end of the year.

 

 
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moistphily (May 17, 2014)

The perfect album.

FatTony (February 22, 2013)

Holy shit, this is so good. I second the previous comment's comparison to PGMG. This is what the follow-up to Good Health should have sounded like.

damnitsderek (January 27, 2013)

Holy Jupiter Shit, this is so good.

gugl0003 (December 18, 2012)

The guitar playing on this shit is so good.

Dedricthere (November 28, 2012)

Excellent.

anderson20 (September 17, 2012)

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ogichiichigo (September 4, 2012)

I've got a vinyl copy of this album! A really great album, I was wondering if anyone was gonna recognize it, definitely worthy of the great review.

gugl0003 (September 3, 2012)

I've only to listened to half the album so far and I can already tell it's gonna be on my year end list. Spectacular.

HeresLookinAtYou (August 31, 2012)

Pretty Girls Make Graves on speed -- I dig.

maverick (August 31, 2012)

Awesome record, one of 2012's best thus far. Looking forward to what they create next.

-Scott

stephenpercent (August 31, 2012)

I didn't think they could top the 1st LP but I think they did somehow. Coolest band.

laserguidedbygod (August 31, 2012)

It's about time this band is getting coverage here, they put pretty much every punk band going right now to shame. AOTY, easily.

mcflynnthm (August 31, 2012)

Such an awesome record. Definitely in my top 10 this year.

sketchyjoe (August 31, 2012)

Fantastic album.

MrPistachio (August 31, 2012)

For so many years I dismissed female vocalists totally from my music collection. I must've missed so many awesome records over that time.

This record is quality so far, has classic hooks but remains edgy. Take the Mirror is an absolute tune. Will definitely part with the $8CAD for it.

sandsky (August 31, 2012)

forgot rating, again. seriously, $8. go do it.

sandsky (August 31, 2012)

my current AOTY.

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