hmv.com reviews… White Lung @ London's 100 Club
Canadian riot punks White Lung are preparing to release their third album Deep Fantasy and took over London’s legendary 100 Club last night (May 22nd). Here’s what went down…
White Lung. Canadian riot gurl punks, bustling with fire and attitude.
100 Club. Right in the heart of Oxford Street.
Any good supports?
Autobahn, Leeds fivesome with bratty tracks soaked in the bleakness of Joy Division, PiL and The Cramps, the crowd were a little blank, but the band were superb and gave it everything they had.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Two thirds full probably, the nature of the 100 Club is that because of the huge pillars in front of the stage, people cram in to the middle section, with the stragglers forced to hang in the wings, but there was no need for that this time, with everyone able to cram into the midst of the room.
Those who were there lapped up every moment of White Lung, there wasn’t a person in the venue who’s head wasn’t nodding or foot tapping frenziedly away.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Short, but sweet, blasted through in a blistering 40 minutes. The band kicked off their set with new calvacade of rawness ‘Drown With The Monster’ and kept the intensity at searing levels for the rest of the show.
They ran through a selection of cuts from their new record ‘Deep Fantasy’, including new single ‘Face Down’, ‘Down It Goes’ and ‘Snake Jaw’ as well a few tracks from their earlier records. It was intense and incredibly powerful, with their smorgasbord of classic Hole era alt rock, Bikini Kill, vintage Black Flag and L7’s finest moments adding up to one incredible live show.
Any good between song banter?
Singer Mish Way is a quote machine, constantly sparring with the crowd with witty put-downs, she was in a good mood last night though and told the crowd several times how much the band were enjoying themselves, which is always nice.
Did they put on much of a show?
You can’t do anything in the 100 Club, it’s too small, but just watching Mish Way writh, wriggle and captivate is a show in itself.
What was the highlight of the set?
‘Down It Goes’ with its bludgeoning power and angular riff sounded supreme.
Where can I catch them next?
They’ve got a few Canadian dates lined up next month, but they’re bound to be back in the UK later in the year, you’d better hope so anyway.
White Lung’s new album Deep Fantasy will be released on June 16 and is available for pre-order in hmv stores.