When Julien and I first met White Laces on a week long tour several years ago, they were supporting their debut — a self-titled EP that emphasized their pummeling volume. The live shows were an accurate representation: I can remember one promoter in particular smiling and singing along during their set, despite the fact that he was simultaneously hunched over, trying in vain to protect his ears with his cupped palms. Although they put on a good show, it was obvious that they were growing tired of this approach; by the final few dates of that short tour they were already re-working songs in order to play with dynamics and toy with new melodies.
Their debut LP, Moves, which came out last year followed this progression, offering sprawling soundscapes that were much more concerned with building an atmosphere than trying to overpower one. It was one of those rare instances when people I knew — friends of mine — were responsible for one of my favorite records of the year.
These two tracks, part of the third and final release in Volume One of our Singles Series, pick up where Moves left off. Though the total playing time is well under ten minutes, you can hear all of the places they’ve been (and a few hints as to where they’re headed). - KMK
This is the final release of our TTS Cassingles Series. CHECK THAT OUT
Hey! So Alex is still off doing perfectly legal things in Amsterdam, but in the meantime we’ve been busy back in the states getting a number of things rolling. First off, we’re extremely excited to announce that we’ll be releasing a split 7” with our buddies Arches this January on Worthless Junk. We cut our side at Mystic Fortress in Roanoke, VA last month. Our split 10” with The Snowy Owls on Harding Street Assembly Lab is also out that month and should be available for preorder soon.
We contributed a cover of the song “Calcutta” to Love Me When I’m Gone, a tribute to my friend Ross who took his own life last year. The record will be coming out on vinyl within the next few months, and you should head over to the Kickstarter page now and donate to help get his two records pressed to vinyl where they belong.
We’re also heading out for a handful of shows in November/December, so make sure to come out and say hi if we’re in your neck of the woods. Other than that, we’ll be hammering away at our first LP in our cozy new rehearsal space.
Thanks to everybody who made it out to the shows this past week. We had a great time with Super Vacations and PC Worship last Wednesday and want to thank Nile for letting us move the show after Sprout closed down.
We capped the week off with the first annual RVA Music Fest. You can check out some nice photos and write-ups from that here, here, and here. Other than that, we’re tidying up our forthcoming split 10” and another 7” (that we’ll be announcing more info on soon) this coming weekend and then we’ll be dormant for a bit while Alex jets off to Europe.
Check back soon for some November show announcements!