Below the cafe of the soup kitchen, a warm, homely, open place with cakes and tea in abundance, lies underneath a small, dimly lit basement. This intimate space held WHITE: an elusive band by image, but raucously vibrant by nature. Five Glaswegians, all originally from three very different bands, are all members that bring an alternative take on the meaning of WHITE. Leo the vocalist originally came from a band called the Low Myths which was “quite mad”, jolting and non-commercial. Hamish (guitar) and Lewis (Bass) originated from a band called Cassidy, encompassing big songs and rock and pop; Kirsten (drummer) on the other hand played in Garden of Elks, which was more along the thrasher lines. As such their music has transmuted somewhat in a fairly condensed amount time, from funky to electronic to dance-pop, this band is the epitome of indefinable music.
When I arrived they had already started playing, but it was already loosely packed in this underground hive. Their stage was unpretentious: a wooden stage perhaps made out of wooden boxes which were slightly raised above the ground, humbly holding WHITE. This was particularly appropriate, as the type of vibes WHITE was going for were vibes where everyone was jumping around and having a party, so they told me, and the band really did feel so much more accessible to us. As they started to play Future Pleasures, the sense of excitement really began to grow and have its presence felt known, as the band anticipated the swell of the song. Despite the sound really filling the whole of the room and shaking the whole place, the dance action from the majority of the audience was closer to swaying than dancing. However this wasn’t due to lack of interest but passive listening, and there were some keen fans jumping about the place. As they mentioned in the interview, once their fans are loyal, their loyal; and the small but loyal crowd danced avidly throughout the whole performance.
The beginnings of Blush creeping in towards the end of the show suddenly made the underground, red lit, brick walled room feel aptly appropriate for this poppy yet intimate song. What really stood out though was the total animation and absorption each individual had for their instrument and their own area of space and activity. Leo’s movement mimicked that of his mike, swaying and moving abruptly. Kirsten was highly dynamic- despite her narrow positioning further back on stage – her performance was by far the most effervescent. WHITE’s performance was thus what they hope their name connotes: a blank canvas that is painted with vibrant energy by the band members, if a little too overwhelming for the audience of the time.