White Lung’s Paradise is a Recall from Everything Good 10 years Ago
I must admit, I’m relatively new to discovering White Lung…
It wasn’t until recently when I tuned into siriusXMU to be formerly introduced to them. Since then however, the Punk Band from Vancouver seemed to stick to me. It’s not everyday you hear this style of music shining in 2016. Ten years ago and they might have blended in with a lot that was going on at the time. Now however, they seems to stand out more than ever. The influence from Emo Bands in previous decades are apparent, minus all of the style trends. Angry, justified, and powered by feminism, this band seems to be really doing well for themselves in capturing new fans.
Comparing from older albums, the jump in quality is apparent.
Paradise to me is personally much more catchy and in some ways more accessible than their previous releases. Take Hungry for example. It’s easily one of my favorite songs on the album, and the first song I heard from them coming off the satellite radio. It’s still in the punk category, just much more refined. And to say the least, the album is actually getting a lot of criticism because of this. To quote Mish Barber-Way from a recent Pitchfork interview– “There’s this really stupid attitude that only punks have where it’s somehow uncool to become a better songwriter. In no other musical genre are your fans going to drop you when you start progressing.”
I can’t help but agree with what she’s saying though. The punk community will forever be butt-hurt I guess. It’s like musical progression is only seen as negative in the angry ‘punk’ blogger. Refined? Pffff… only posers like progress. Despite this, I say this with certainly that any ex-scene kid will value this album. [Don’t deny this, we all know you secretly still have a lot of Emo bands in your playlist. Spotify tells me everything.]
There’s this really stupid attitude that only punks have where it’s somehow uncool to become a better songwriter. In no other musical genre are your fans going to drop you when you start progressing.
Check out the track titled below, which Pitchfork rated the “Best New Track” of April 2016. Love the vibe of this and I think you will too. Let me know what you think in the comments below!