Watch White Lung's 'Below' video
27th April 2016
With just a week to go before the release of their forthcoming album, Paradise, out on Domino on May 6th, White Lung has unveiled the video for single ‘Below.’
"This is my Stevie-Nicks-meets-Celine Dion ballad," said lead singer Mish Barber-Way. "I needed to try to do a ballad about glamorous women. It's based on a quote by Camille Paglia, 'Beauty fades. Beauty is transient. That is why we value it,' she said. 'Feminism's failure to acknowledge that beauty is a value in itself, that even if a woman manages to achieve it for a particular moment, she has contributed something to the culture.' It's a song about the preservation of glamour and beauty."
Directed by Richard Bates Jr., the video stars AnnaLynne McCord along with other Marilyn Monroe lookalikes.
Richard Bates Jr. is known for his films Suburban Gothic and Excision. Bates said of the video, "White Lung play for an audience of impersonators who come to the realization that they've betrayed themselves in the pursuit of fame. ‘Below’ is a love-letter to influential female artists from the past. Our video serves to reinforce the notion that what makes an artist special cannot be manufactured." Both AnnaLynne McCord and Mish Barber-Way appear in Bates' most recent film Trash Fire.
White Lung have shared two tracks so far from their forthcoming album. The first, ‘Hungry,’ "is a tightly-wound, catchy-as-fuck invective played at a polished, breakneck velocity," said Pitchfork, who proclaimed it 'Best New Track.' And ‘Kiss Me When I Bleed,’ which also received the BNT distinction. Now with ‘Below’ the trio has given fans yet another taste of their deepest and most mature effort to date. They will tour extensively throughout Europe and North America this summer. Full list of dates below.
For the making of Paradise, vocalist Mish Barber-Way, guitarist Kenneth William and drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou reconnected in Los Angeles to work with producer Lars Stalfors (HEALTH, Cold War Kids, Alice Glass). White Lung spent a month in the studio, working closely with Stalfors to challenge what could be done with their songs. Bringing all the energy, unique guitar work and lyrical prowess the band are known for to the studio, White Lung curated their songs with a new pop sensibility, focusing in on making a record for the present - "I wanted a record that sounded like it was made in 2016", said William. Mixed by Stalfors and later mastered by Joe LaPorta, Paradise is their smartest, brightest songwriting yet.
Mish Barber-Way and Kenneth William sat down with Annie Clark aka St. Vincent to discuss the making of the album and their creative process. The entire conversation can be read here.
Paradise is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe colored vinyl, limited edition tri-glitter cassette, CD, and digital download.