White, Belladrum 2016
The lineup: Leo Condie (singer), Hamish Fingland (guitar), Chris Potter (guitar), Lewis Andrew (bass), Kirstin Lynn (drums).
The background: White were one of the hits at last week’s Great Escape festival, and we do mean “hit”: Future Pleasures, the Glasgow band’s forthcoming debut single, is a heady brew. It alludes to great things past and present(-ish): a furiously exciting funk-guitar sound that draws on the post-disco pop of Haircut 100, Spandau Ballet, ABC et al; an artful croon that draws on Bowie and Edwyn Collins and some untrammelled shrieks worthy of Billy Mackenzie of Associates; and a pulverising electronic pulse that suggests a familiarity with everyone from Moroder to DFA. It is a spectacular way for White to announce themselves, and given its sound and cerebral dance attack, we consider it one of the finest debuts from a Glaswegian outfit since Franz Ferdinand’s Take Me Out.
WhiteBelladrum2016VersionChris PotterGlasgowHamish FinglandKirstin LynnLeo CondieLewis Andrew