Exclusive Photo Journal + Interview: Glasgow’s WHITE bring their funky pop to Europe

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Photo by Martin D Barker

Hot off their European Tour, we’re stoked to exclusively share the photo journal, tour mix (which includes songs the band was listening to while on the road), and interview from Glasgow’s WHITE. Enjoy their stories and our conversation below.

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AMBY: Hey WHITE, welcome to AMBY! Where does our interview find you today?

WHITE: Back home in Glasgow, Scotland. We have got All Of The Weather.

AMBY: You recently returned from a trip to Europe. Did any cities stand out to you as a favourite, whether from the actual show you played there or the vibe of the city itself?

WHITE: Our most recent trip was playing a festival in Amsterdam, where we closed the Saturday night of the London Calling festival at the Paradiso. Everyone dancing, the floor was shaking, we got off stage at 2:30am – it was a great way to start the night…

AMBY: We adore how funky your new single Blush is! Where does that funk nuances come from?

WHITE: We love that post-punk/funk crossover in stuff like Talking Heads, Gang of Four, the ZE Records bands – and we’ve been blasting out Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On by Funkadelic on the highways of Europe.

AMBY: There’s a big eighties/new-wave vibe to your music. Are you fans of that decade or genre? If so, which bands do you like from it?

WHITE: All sorts of genres get thrown into the WHITE mixer and that era is great – Japan, Pet Shop Boys, Associates, Orange Juice. For obscure sounds check out Space Museum by Solid Space, a lost lo-fi gem from 1982 that melds frosty synths with afrobeat guitars & songs inspired by British science-fiction…

AMBY: What do you enjoy doing together outside of music?

WHITE: During intense recording sessions we let off steam with chaotic bursts of Mario Kart, & trips to the theatre for high culture. One of those is true.

AMBY: Things are now starting to wind down as the year comes to a close. What are your plans for the holidays?

WHITE: We won’t rest until everyone is dancing. We’re recording at the BBC, playing a couple of house parties, a big gig with Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, and the big one on New Year’s Eve, playing in Edinburgh at the Hogmanay celebrations. Shy of actually delivering the presents by sleigh I’m not sure we could have found more to do – it’s great.

AMBY: You formed as a band a year ago in Glasgow and have come a long way since. What’s been your favourite moment to happen in 2015?

WHITE: That gig in the Paradiso was one of our favourites, but my personal highlight was playing a live BBC Radio 2 session for Jo Whiley at Maida Vale – the studios were bursting with history, & it was so exciting to broadcast live from the place where so many of our musical heroes had recorded. Check it out on YouTube.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about WHITE that most of your fans don’t know yet?

WHITE: Our first ever gig was in Hamburg, which meant driving 1,000 miles there and back from Glasgow. It was worth it.

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Kirstin setting up her vintage Simmons kit for soundcheck. She is our drum machine.
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Lewis and Leo chilling in the dressing room of Paradiso on our first night of London Calling Festival in Amsterdam. The crowd were mental and the floor was bouncing. 2am is a good stage-time
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Chris plays the solos and sometimes he enjoys having glitter put on his face. He did on night one of Amsterdam.
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Hamish enjoys a bottle of Whiskey given to us by part of Kurt Vile’s band. We caught his set which was stunning. Really nice people too.
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This shot of the band was taken after immediately after our second show in Amsterdam. We will be back for sure.
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We crashed in an classic Dutch farmhouse on the outskirts of Amsterdam. It was stunning and 100% beat any Travelodge.

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