As Barn on the Farm draws ever closer, The Pale White share all the things they love about festivals…
Hey! Your recent track ‘Turn It Around’ is fantastic, it’s had quite the great reception online, too! Tell us a bit about the track, what’s it about, what inspired it?
Thanks! People seem to like it which is great! Its a song that people seem to love live as well. Every song we write usually starts in a different way and then we juts follow it, sometimes for a few hours and sometimes a few months, until we find out what its eventually going to be. “Turn It Around” started out with Tom sending Adam a rough idea that initially had a more down tempo Grizzly Bear feel to it. Adam then built on it pretty instantly and came up with the hook and it just went from there. The first time we ever played it was at one of our hometown headline shows and we had all agreed that if it felt like it was going well we would play it. It turned out to be one of our rowdiest gigs and pretty infamous locally, people hanging from the lighting and jumping on stage, and we all just looked at each other and agreed we would throw it in. People seemed to like it almost straight away. Lyrically its about the twists and turns of a disastrous relationship that was always destined for a bitter end.
Congratulations on the Glastonbury set! Are you all avid Glastonbury go-ers?
Thank you! We can’t quite articulate how excited we were! We played the BBC Introducing Stage at 4:15pm on Sunday, so our aim was to pull everyone out of their hangovers. Adam went the year The Rolling Stones headlined, but Tom and Jack had never been. Its always been something we’ve obsessed over and watched endless footage of iconic sets that have been played there. We’re over the moon to have been able to go and experience it as a band.
You recently went on tour earlier this year, unfortunately it ended early due to illness, is everyone okay not? How was the tour? Any stand out moments?
The Twin Atlantic tour was great. The band and their crew are a really nice bunch of people so it was an absolute pleasure to be out with them. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome which was so cool and it was the biggest crowds we had ever played too so it was a really great experience for us. Adam was suffering with Tonsillitis for the full tour which wasn’t ideal! We have no idea how he managed to get up every night! He somehow managed to last as long as he did, but we had to miss out the last two dates of the tour, which was disappointing but unavoidable. Twin Atlantic have really dedicated fans, so the shows were always lively, but I think The Ironworks in Inverness was the best show. Amazing venue and the crowd just got us from the minute we walked on and they all just went for it. We would love to go back there definitely.
Post summer, what do we have to look forward to from The Pale White?
We’ve got a physical release coming out after summer and a new single. We love sharing new music so we’re all excited to throw our next track out there. Its easily one of the best songs we’ve written so far, so we can’t wait for people to hear it. We also join our friends The Amazons on their album tour in October, which is going to be so much fun. It was amazing to see them reach number eight in the album charts with their debut and over the past year we’ve become really good mates with them all so its going to be a pretty fun tour we imagine. We’re also cooking up some other plans that we will be able to speak about pretty soon…
We’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the atmosphere of the festival and the setting so we can’t wait to come and play. Its really flattering to be asked to perform because the organisers are extremely on the pulse with new music and have an impeccable track record of picking emerging artists, so we’re very pleased to be on their radar.
Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at Barn on the Farm Festival?
We’ll make sure we catch the High Tyde guys. We toured with them earlier in the year and they always put on a great live show. We’ll be checking out The Magic Gang, Tom Grennan, Black Honey, Lucy Rose and our mate Sam Fender. We’ve known Sam for quite a long time and its amazing to see him gigging and blowing people away with his massive voice.
If you could collaborate with any artist on the line up, who would it be and why?
I think if we combined forces with Black Honey that would be pretty radge! We could just play a set of heavy and sludgy Fleetwood Mac covers.
What can people expect from your BOTF set?
If anyone who has seen us before or checked us out online, we’ll be playing some new songs that they won’t have heard before. We’ll be hitting it with a lot of energy. Our aim is to get everyone moving.
How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?
Love them both to be honest. Its two very different shows though. When you’re playing a festival you’re usually playing to people who aren’t there for you or have never heard you before so its always a challenge trying to convert people. It feels like you need to push three times harder to reach people but its a challenge we love to take on. The atmosphere is usually pretty care free at a festival and people are there to experience new music, so its always a great environment to play. You more often than not bump into bands you’ve played with before as well, so it always ends up involving a drink or two.
Have you got many other festival appearances planned for us to get excited about?
We’re going to be playing Kendal calling, Lindasfarne Festival and also Neighbourhood Festival Manchester later in the year. There are some others we have lined up and its killing us not being able to share the news! We can hopefully announce pretty soon so watch this space…
What are your top festival survival tips?
Bring copious amounts of wet wipes. Too many wet wipes is not enough wet wipes. Bring cereal bars. Don’t get caught up in organising where you want to go and just go with the flow. It’s a marathon not a sprint. Don’t consume too many cans from your big bag of cans too quickly. Also don’t drink too much coffee on day one… for obvious reasons.
And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to BOTF fest, in a few words, why should they come see you play? Think of this as new music speed dating, no pressure, 30 seconds, GO.
We’ve been told we are ear piercingly loud, thanks to our drummer, so if thats your thing you’ll probably be into it.
Catch The Pale White on Saturday on the Outdoor Stage, more information here.