White Lung: The fierce punk outfit shares photos from its recent tour

Catch up with the Vancouver group, whose new LP, Deep Fantasy, is one of 2014's best thus far

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When the year ends, it might be hard to find a record that’s both as catchy and in-your-face as White Lung's new LP, Deep Fantasy, out now on Domino. The Vancouver punks' third disc sees the hard-touring outfit coming into its own. Recorded as a trio, its defiantly aggressive songs are a testament to the miles the band has logged on the road over the past several years. Its impact is immediate, a bit unsettling and somewhat hard to put into words: Even on a pair of headphones, Anne-Marie Vassiliou's thrashing drums, Mish Way's passionately snarled vocals and guitarist Kenneth William's live-wire riffing (and bass playing) hit you straight in the gut. We asked the crew (which now includes touring bassist Hether Fortune) if they could annotate a few recent snapshots from their treks to Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. to give some context for the recorded, and onstage, mayhem.

  • “A great candid portrait of someone is worth a million words, or something like that. Patty [Schemel of Upset] is one of the coolest humans I’ve ever met.”—Hether Fortune

  • “This is myself and a horse and the Ice Queen somewhere in Melbourne. We are big on horses, and sadly this was the only wildlife we came across in Australia.”—Mish Way

  • “This is from our last show in Auckland, New Zealand. Patty [from Upset] and I were upstairs in the dressing room right before my set, and I found this giant fan with an Indian on it and I started doing this can-can dance routine and she was laughing, so I brought it onstage and harassed Kenny when he wasn’t looking.”—Mish Way

  • “Hether took this photo in the van after our show in London because this is the kind of stuff you have to send home to Mom so she knows you aren't a total failure.”—Mish Way

  • “Our tour manager Greg drove us out to Piha Beach after our last show in New Zealand. Kenny climbed a big rock. We played with sticks.”—Mish Way

“A great candid portrait of someone is worth a million words, or something like that. Patty [Schemel of Upset] is one of the coolest humans I’ve ever met.”—Hether Fortune



See White Lung at a pair of NYC record-release gigs: at Saint Vitus on June 25 and Mercury Lounge on June 26.


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