Electric Circus, Edinburgh
Friday 19 February 2016
I first encountered WHITE at The List Hot 100 party in Glasgow last year. A few Jack Daniels down and I was blown away by a haze of pink neon lights, sequins and electronic beats. I’ve been mildly obsessed with the Glaswegian five-piece ever since.
Embarking on their first UK tour, WHITE are hitting up ten venues across Scotland and England. Tonight marks the third night of the tour, following on from sets in Aberdeen and Inverness. Edinburgh’s Electric Circus is full to capacity, having sold out the last remaining tickets at the door. It’s an interest mix of young and old in the crowd, showing the multigenerational appeal of their 80s-tinged music.
Yet to release an album, WHITE currently have three singles to their name. The set is expectedly snappy, but it’s relentlessly good and has the crowd moving from the first song. You won’t find a ballad in WHITE’s arsenal – not yet, anyway. Frontman Leo Condie leads each upbeat track with vocals reminiscent of David Bowie, commanding the stage in a sparkly sequin jacket that demands your attention.
“Blush” is the first single to be played a few songs into the set. There’s a noticeable shift in response from the crowd, as they start to sing along to one they’re more familiar with. This is shortly followed by current single and absolute gem of a track, “Living Fiction”. Released at the start of 2016, its’ infectious rhythm and catchy vocals are a sign of things to come from a band who deserve a bigger stage.
“Private Lives” is a personal favourite and fun to join in with the backing vocals of guitarists Hamish Fingland, Chris Potter and Lewis Andrew. But, it’s their debut single “Future Pleasures” that epitomises their thunderous set, giving drummer Kirstin Lynn a chance to shine. Call me biased, but any band with a female drummer is badass in my eyes – especially one as talented as Lynn.
The audience make such a racket after this track that the band return for an unplanned encore. Undoubtedly, the crowd would stay for another hour’s worth of songs, but Condie stresses; “We really don’t have any more!” Let’s hope this changes soon and we see WHITE’s debut album this year. I, for one, can’t wait.
Pictures courtesy of @calledWHITE