WHITE HILLS latest album, Frying On This Rock, is released today via Thrill Jockey and to coincide, the band have unleashed a new promo video for the track ‘You Dream You See‘ which you can view below.
Frying On This Rock is WHITE HILLS most energized and concise recording to date. Recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, Swans, Herbie Hancock, Boredoms), the songs are bursting with a raw energy that has always been present but never showcased front and center like it is here. Not to worry though, the loads of killer guitar work and fuzzed out psychedelia are still there. Opening track “Pads of Light” is an under five minute scorcher but “I Write a Thousand Letters (Pulp on Bone)” is a 15 minute track that reminds us why space rock gatekeepers like Julian Cope were very early supporters.
WHITE HILLS is guitarist Dave W. and bassist Ego Sensation. They are joined on this recording by frequent sonic collaborator Antronhy (drummer for Julian Cope) on treatments, synths, and backup vocals, and touring/recording drummer Nick Name. Frying On This Rock was recorded in the fall of 2011, when WHITE HILLS dug in at BC Studios in Brooklyn with the help of recording engineer Martin Bisi (Brian Eno, Sonic Youth, Swans, Herbie Hancock, Boredoms). Unlike many previous recordings that focused on spontaneity, the band brought new songs to the studio that had been honed on recent European and American tours. Bisi brought his technical expertise to achieve the band’s desire for a more separated sonic recording.
The end result, Frying On This Rock, is an invigorating deep space rock album. An album that is at once able to channel the energy born of a collective anger into a swirling psychedelic, brutalising musical statement that mainlines the thrill of defiance straight to the listener’s heart, Pete Green also reviewed Frying On This Rock for these humble pages which you can read HERE.
WHITE HILLS will also be hitting the road in the UK & Europe from today, the full dates are:
Mon Mar 19 – Bristol, UK – The Croft
Tue Mar 20 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega Social Club
Wed Mar 21 – Glasgow, UK – The Arches
Thu Mar 22 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Fri Mar 23 – Liverpool, UK – The Kazimer
Sat Mar 24 – London, UK – The Lexington
Sun Mar 25 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Ekko
Mon Mar 26 – Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat Small Hall
Tue Mar 27 – Paris, France – Glaz Art
Wed Mar 28 – Brussels, Belgium – Rotonde At Botanique
Thu Mar 29 – Cologne, Germany – Sonic Ballroom
Fri Mar 30 – Leipzig, Germany – UT Connewitz (Doom Over Leipzig)
Sat Mar 31 – Helsinki, Finland – Kuudes Linja
Photo Credit: Chris Carlone