Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Track Of The Day :: White Baer - While Running From The Gods

Words: Linn Branson

Dundee quartet White Baer have just released their new three-track EP, 'The Promise of a Life of Violence', with this lead track, 'While Running From The Gods', being a bit of a "wow!"

The band - Dan Hedge (guitar, vocals), Nicky Johnston (guitar), Danny Sturrock (bass), Adam Valentine (drums) - who all knew each other from high school but only began playing together in September 2014, released their debut EP 'Police Me' last October, and now followed by this latest record which came out yesterday.

"The title track, and to an extent the whole EP, is about control," bass player Danny Sturrock tells us. "I don't think I can do it much justice here, but it's about breaking free after a lifetime of necessity. I think that theme pervades all three of the tracks."

From the darkly ominous opening notes, 'While Running From The Gods' broadens out over five-and-a-half minutes into something bordering on epic. Editors-like guitars and bass crash over Dan Hedge's emotive vocal ("fuck the angels of my sea/and their foreign prophecies") - with a breakdown around the three-minute mark where he comes over all Tom Smith (albeit a Scottish-accented one) and it storms to a rousing finale of haunting cello strains, before concluding on a drum and feedback fade-out.

We can only hope a visual treatment is planned to accompany this track: something suitably big and cinematic would definitely be worth a watch.

White Baer play Buskers, Dundee on October 4 with We Came From Wolves. Check their socials for other dates being confirmed.


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