The group’s distinctive take on the punk sound is consistently on display throughout the album, with a frenetic energy pervading Paradise, carried on the backs of Kenneth William’s skittish guitar, Anne-Marie Vassiliou’s pounding drums, and Mish Barber-Way’s lacerating vocals. It would be a mistake to think that White Lung are one trick ponies, capable only of pithy blasts of sonic abrasion, as Hungry and Below are infused with a pop sensibility – and quite heavily so in the latter’s case – leading one to think of groups like Blondie or Yeah Yeah Yeahs, yet still sounding completely at home with the surrounding songs. That Hungry builds tension through the careful use of dissonance, and incomplete cadence, demonstrate White Lung’s compositional skills and the strength of their musicianship.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 9th May 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.