White Lung formed at the end of the noughties in Vancouver, going onto release two blistering records on Canadian punk label Deranged Records: 2010’s It’s The Evil and 2012’s Sorry.
Despite regular line-up changes and lead singer Mish Barber-Way’s departure to New York, the band’s ethos and core has stayed remarkably similar ever since guitarist Kenneth William joined the band. His passion for both Johnny Marr’s jangly guitar and throbbing 80s hardcore shines through in White Lung’s ear-splitting melodies.
White Lung signed to Domino for 2014’s critically-acclaimed Deep Fantasy, which saw them maintain their ferocious punk intensity but marry it with Barber-Way’s more refined vocals. More sensual and evocative, these softer vocals proved more provocative than her typical growl on subjects such as addiction and sexual dynamics. 2016’s Paradise saw White Lung continue to accept this newfound pop sensibility as they recorded a forward-looking album made for modern times.