White Lung: Sorry LP
High-energy manic punks, White Lung, are back with their sophomore
release, "Sorry". Their 2010 debut "It’s the Evil" earned them the title as
the primary ambassadors for Canada’s emergent punk scene receiving
critical acclaim from CHARTAttack to Maximum Rock n’ Roll to Terminal
Boredom and their follow-up does not disappoint. McCorkell’s signature
driving, off-kilter riffage paired with Way’s snarling and aggressive
yet melodic vocals and the hard-hitting rhythmic duo of Grady Mackintosh
on bass and Anne-Marie Vassilou on drums amp up White Lung’s position
from ambassadors to the queens (and king) of Canadian noise rock.
Bowing to the inevitable need for comparison, according to Vice
Magazine, “White Lung combine the feral energy of the Germs with the
taut, wiry dynamics of the Wipers and have released a string of singles
that keep improving in a bewilderingly exponential fashion.” Also
present in their sound are golden era Kurt and Courtney, The Bags, and
Rocket from the Crypt. This wealth of influences doesn’t mean the band’s
sound is hard to pin-down. Written and recorded nearly simultaneously,
"Sorry" manages to be both raw and complex, thanks to White Lung’s focus
on cohesive writing.
"Sorry" may have been stressful to record, but it’s a joy to listen to. It
signals a new era for White Lung, featuring denser more melodic songs
that maintain the rough edge of their punk pedigree.