The Brighton quintet have been busy since releasing their 2017 Halloween single ‘Cannibal Song’…
Halloween may be over but the spookiness remains as we hark back to White Room‘s release of ‘Cannibal Song’. The track’s counterpart ‘Cable-Built Dreamland’ received spins from BBC Introducing Merseyside and BBC Radio 6 Music ahead of their next single ‘Twisted Celebration’ which was released shortly afterwards.
The Brighton five-piece embarked on their debut headline tour towards the end of November, clearly making an impression as they sold out a whopping 3 out of 5 shows!
December was a big month for the band as they released their debut double EP Eight on the 1st, before performing their EP launch show at Vinyl-Revolution, Brighton on the 7th. They finished of the year chatting with Dave Monks on BBC Radio Merseyside.
Now with a double EP release under their belt, White Room were ready to take 2018 by storm and kicked off the year with a show in London at The Rifles’ Five Night Stand at The Garage. The EP’s final track ‘Circles’ received a spin from Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 Music while the EP’s opening track ‘The Blue’ received a spin on BBC radio Merseyside.
At the start of Spring, White Room released a merry (go round) video for ‘Twisted Celebration’ ahead of playing their two biggest headline gigs to date at MOTH CLUB, London and Patterns, Brighton. The Brightonians returned to Vinyl-Revolution in their hometown in celebration of Record Store Day and headed to Portsmouth Psych Festival in April.
In May, White Room played Live at Leeds, Liverpool Sound City and Sounds From The Other City all in one weekend! Then Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival later in the month. June saw White Room play two sold out shows supporting The Blinders in London and Manchester before they headed to Chiddingly Music and Beer Festival in aid of St Winifred’s Hospice.
Listeners hadn’t had enough of ‘Cannibal Song’ just yet as it received a spin on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music show while White Room hadn’t had enough of playing for charity as they performed Astonbury Festival in aid of Help Musicians UK in August. They finished off the month headlining The Old Blue Last, London, and supporting Matt Hollywood and The Bad Feelings at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton.
The festival season wasn’t over just yet, as the quintet headed to Festival Number 6, Portmeirion in September playing the Tim Peaks stage, and then headed to The Lexington for the Vinyl Staircase ‘Feel It’ launch.
In October, White Room joint headlined Hifi, Leeds with Husky Loops before beginning a UK tour supporting The Blinders by playing a sold out show at Manchester Academy.
White Room’s latest single ‘Shoot’ was released at the end of last month and received it’s BBC Introducing South debut last night.
White Room provided us with a more personal insight into their year: “Since recording ‘Cannibal Song’ we went out on the road and toured the double EP Eight in its entirety and many other shows over 2018 including a few festivals over the summer. But really what we’ve been focusing on is locking ourselves away and writing a load of new material. We always demoed at mine and since the Eight sessions, we’ve started just setting up and recording mostly live at mine. ‘Shoot’ is the first release of these home sessions.
“‘Cannibal Song’ was really the start of that in a way as we worked off the stems of the original demo session I recorded at mine. Certain parts were kept and others re-recorded at Square Head with Kris Harris. I guess that was kind of a turning point for us.”