The Pale White


Wednesday 3rd May 2017

The Pale White. Adam: Lead Vocals, Guitar. Jack: Drums. Tom: Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals.

Where are you from?
Newcastle Upon Tyne.

What do you do?
Loud, intense, anthemic indie rock. As big, fat and creamy as Bruce Bogtrotter tackling a large choccie cake.

Describe your style in three words?
All in black. 

If you could make a record with anyone from history?
A: Flicking through the legends in my head I'm thinking Lennon? Bowie? But it's probably too obvious! Although obviously, I wouldn't pass...
I'm going to go with Beck. Although Dangermouse had a lot to do with it, 'Modern Guilt' is one of the best sounding albums of our time.

What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to?
T: We went as a band to see The Pixies in Newcastle in December 2016, and they blew us away. The atmosphere was incredible, and the lighting was so understated but still really dramatic. It was insane the way they just rattled through the hits from the moment they walked out on stage. An amazing band and a really big influence for us.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
A: 'Church' was properly breathtaking when we played there for Live At Leeds. Insane lighting rig and a huge stained glass window behind you. Beautiful venue! However, playing the main stage at Newcastle's O2 Academy was a special one. We’ve seen so many of our favourite bands grace that stage over the years, and it was a real moment to step onto it ourselves.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
A: David Bowie. He is truly deserving of his icon status. An amazing innovative performer and musician and such a forward-thinking artist.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
A: I quite like the idea of getting inside a criminals mindset. Mark Chapman, perhaps. Very intriguing stuff. Wouldn’t want to be with them for more than an hour though. Also, David Bowie. Again. It was always a life ambition to meet and be recognised by him.
J: Who wouldn't want to go for a pint with Dave Grohl?!
T: I'd love to meet Paul Thomas Anderson. What an amazing film director and writer. I’d just want to chat to him about 'Punch Drunk Love' for hours.

Which sub-cultures have had an enduring effect on you?
T: Before our time, but probably Britpop, or at least that movement of British bands in the early to mid-'90s. So many big personalities, huge songs and unique styles flowing together and it seemed to completely take over the country. It was a time when the charts were interesting, and everyone was just ridiculously ambitious.
A: So many bands have tried to replicate the Gallaghers' attitude of “we’re the best band in the world”, and it can only ever work for them. Sheer blind confidence.

If you could share the bill with any band in history?
J: Nirvana. Imagine saying you've supported Nirvana!

What music did you listen to growing up?
A: I can speak for all three of us when I say that The Beatles have soundtracked our lives. Impossible to pick a favourite track though. We’ll go for 'A Day in The Life' cause we all love that track.

If you could re-live one year of your life?
T: Probably this year to be honest. It’s been a great year for us. Getting to play Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and touring the UK. They’re all moments we’ve been chasing as musicians for years. Also getting to stop off at Wetherby Services as much as we have, has and always will be an absolute pleasure.

The Pale White have recently supported Twin Atlantic, The Libertines, and The Sherlocks and played at numerous festivals including Glastonbury, Kendal Calling, Barn On The Farm, Neighbourhood Festival and Reading and Leeds Festival. The Pale White are heading out on a 10-date UK tour with The Amazons in October (2017).

Their new song 'Downer' features on their new EP 'The Pale White EP' released September 29th (2017). 

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