After two EPs and Double A-Side releases, White Summer have had their eyes set on displaying a complete body of work, their debut album. “Zero In Tennis” is the lead single taken from the bands forthcoming debut album due early 2018. Tomatrax caught up with Alex from the band to ask a few questions.
How did the band form?
Band formed many years ago in Mike and Jimmys hometown. After they moved to Melbourne they met the Zielke brothers and that’s when things got more serious and all members committed.
Where did the name White Summer come from?
A close friend of ours in Jimmy and mikes hometown came up with it and we thought ok cool, sounds good.
You’re about to release your latest singe, what’s it like to have it finished and easy to go?
If feels amazing to put out a new release. Winter 2016 we really worked very hard to write this album. A lot of commitment and hard work goes into writing music so it’s somewhat of a positive cathartic experience when you put it out there to the public. You listen back to the masters and think: “fuck. It was all worth it”
What made you pick ‘Zero in tennis’ as you latest single?
When you spend so much time on your own art it’s healthy to get an objective view on people’s opinions about a potential single. Talking to booking agents, family, friends, colleagues…..whatever. It’s healthy to hear many different points of view.
Your debut album is planned for release next year, how has work on that been going?
A lot of work behind the scenes goes into a release. You have to plan to the best of your ability so that you get the best exposure. Although it’s hard work it’s also very rewarding and fun.
How will the album compare with your previous releases?
This release is a lot more focused on structure and melody. I think although we are very proud of our previous releases, this is definitely our best to date. As a group we are very proud of what we have produced.
Our previous release was very much riff driven and dark. The forthcoming album still has those elements but with more melody in the foreground.
Do you know what the album will be titled?
Yes we do……let’s just say it’s one of the tracks on the album.
Do you ever listen to your own music?
Personally I don’t. I will only really listen to it before a big show to fine tune the memory for a set list.
What music do you listen to?
Wow. Where do we start….depends the mood I guess. I mean I was listening to Tina Arena chains the other day haha! She’s still got it. Bit of soul, r n b, old blues like Elmore James, muddy waters. But yeah I could answer this question for hours.
What do you have planned once your album is out?
Shows Shows and more shows. Some very exciting things in the horizon but we can’t give all our secrets away. Tight lipped. Look out for the 7th of July though!
White Summer’s tour dates are shown below. Check out White Summer’s Facebook page to find out more!
Friday 28th July 2017
Yah Yahs, Melbourne VIC
Supporting The Cherry Dolls
Friday 25th August 2017
Cherry Bar, Melbourne VIC (single launch)
Saturday 2nd September 2017
Frankies, Sydney NSW (single launch)