Vancouver’s next big band?

White Lung: Mish Way, Kenneth William, their new bassist and Anne-Marie Vassiliou.

White Lung: Mish Way, Kenneth William, Hether Fortune and Anne-Marie Vassiliou.

From Pink Mountaintops to Japandroids to Grimes, a lot of great acts have been coming out of Vancouver in the last few years. But it looks like 2014 is going to be the breakout year for White Lung.

The punk band is currently on the cover of the Canadian music monthly Exclaim!, and the band’s just-released album Deep Fantasy was recently featured in the New York Times. NYT writer Jon Caramanica called White Lung “spellbinding”, and said “Riot music doesn’t get any more poignant than Deep Fantasy.” Ian Gormley, writing in Exclaim!, says “Deep Fantasy rages with clear-eyed vision.”

With praise like that, White Lung could well be the next big band out of Vancouver.

This is a result of hard work as much as anything. White Lung have been called “DIY road warriors” for their commitment to touring. Just off a tour of Australia and New Zealand, the group now has a bunch of U.S. tour dates lined up for July and August.

Deep Fantasy, which is the group’s first album on the respected indie label Domino (Animal Collective, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys), is actually its third record, following It’s the Evil (2010) and Sorry (2012).

White Lung

White Lung started out playing East Vancouver’s Emergency Room.

White Lung has also just released a video for the song “In My House”, which you can watch here.

White Lung In My House video

Still from “In My House” video.

Read below for a selection of praise for White Lung…

“Honest, authentic and boundlessly entertaining, White Lung might well boast punk’s most exciting frontwoman of the year – and some of its biggest tunes”  – NME

“Mish Way is one of the smartest and fiercest singers in the underground” – Rolling Stone

It’s the group’s ability to run the punk gamut that makes Deep Fantasy their most complete album yet… brazenly brash” 4* – The Guardian

A full throttle assault on the senses” 4*- DIY

“It’s the rich sonic textures, the melody amongst the thrashing and the genuinely DIY spirit of the band that elevates them beyond the others”– Loud & Quiet

Twenty seven minutes of searing punk rock, blistering guitars, brilliant singing, incredible drumming… punk as fuck” 8/10 – The Line of Best Fit

What has been unearthed here is of staggering vitality” 8/10 – Drowned in Sound

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