From The UK, The Pale White, Alternative-Rock Music Band
The band name is The Pale White.
2. Where are you from?
We are from Newcastle, UK.
3. Tell us a bit about yourself.
We are a three piece Alternative, Indie-Rock band, and we are currently touring Europe with Brit Award winner Sam Fender. In May, we will be opening for Foals and Nothing But Thieves. Our new single “Medicine” is out now. Check Out Medicine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQYPF4dINCM.
4. What or who influences your sound?
Individually we all have pretty different musical tastes, but as a band we definitely share similar influences when pulling together and creating music. We’re influenced by Pixies, Nirvana, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Interpol, The Black Keys and Queens of the Stone Age.
5. How has “Downer” changed the scene?
“Downer” is loosely set in and around the nightlife of our hometown of Newcastle. It was very much a live favorite in our hometown as we think people maybe related to the references to people and places in the lyrics. The nightclub we referenced in the song is actually shut down now, which is pretty sad, although it’s glory days were long gone. It’s actually not a song we play very much anymore. It’s not really where we’re at musically right now.
6. Tell us about your tour in Europe. What countries did you visit?
The European tour has easily been the best tour we’ve ever done. It’s been ridiculously fun being out on the road with Sam Fender and his crew and seeing them take over the world. We’ve been everywhere from Paris to Berlin, the Netherlands to Switzerland, and everywhere in between. The crowds have been amazing and it’s been incredible to see so many people who have come out to see us who have been contacting us on social media for the last few years desperate for us to come and play a show in their city. We’ve seen some breathtaking sights on the long drives as well. Driving through the Swiss Alps will take some beating when we get back to touring the UK and driving down the M1.
7. How did you three come together as a band? Were there clashes or a potential 4th member?
Adam and Jack are brothers and have pretty much spent their entire lives playing music together in some capacity. When Adam started the band, asking Jack to play drums was a bit of a no brainer. Adam and Tom used to play gigs together for years in separate groups and had always admired each other’s bands. Once Adam had approached Tom, the three of us got together in a freezing cold dirty practice room and practiced a handful of songs that Adam had written for the band. We soon started bouncing off each other and writing as a group and it became pretty clear that we were on the same wavelength. We never had a conversation about how we should sound as a band, it just happened organically when we got in the room together and played. We did initially try a few people out as a fourth member, but it never really seemed to gel like it did when it was just the three of us.
8. Who are some artists or bands that inspire you?
Arctic monkeys are a group that we have massively have admired over the years. Watching their transformations stylistically and sonically between albums is something we would love to emulate. There’s nothing more exciting than hearing your favourite artists push the boundaries of their sound and try new things out.
9. What does the band name mean to you three?
The name came from a friend of a friend describing a near death experience and claiming to see “a pale white light”. We loved how dramatic it sounded and felt it really fit the mood we were trying to convey in our music. We love the name. It’s who we are and we can’t imagine being called anything else.
10. What can you tell us about your current album? What is it about? What inspired it?
Our second EP “Take Me To The Strange” was released late last year. Sonically it’s the heaviest thing we’ve released yet, but it also really encapsulates the different elements of the band. We feel like there is a depth to that EP and it runs really well as one coherent piece. It’s the first “piece” we’ve released. Our first EP was more a collection of singles, but we feel that TMTTS is more thoughtful and the songs link together in a more considered way. A lot of the tracks share the same lyrical themes throughout the EP and it definitely evokes a certain place and time for us as a band. We were very keen to show a different side that people maybe hadn’t seen yet. We’re very proud of it.
11. What was your “first big break?” How’d you feel/celebrate?
There’s been a few moments we’ve had as a band that have really helped us progress further over the years. It’s been more of a series of things coming together that’s helped us build rather than one big standout moment. Finding out we’d been asked to play Glastonbury was a moment we’ll never forget. We were all jumping around the practice room screaming at each other when that email came in. Our first full tour of the UK supporting Twin Atlantic was an incredibly exciting moment, as was finding out we were supporting Sam Fender on his EU tour. All of these opportunities have really helped us grow our fan base organically over the years through word of mouth, and it really feels like people are discovering us in a more natural way. With all of these moments we celebrate like we always do, with a full English breakfast.
12. What is your motto in life?
- “Just send it.”
- “Never forgive, never forget.”
- “Siri? Where is the nearest Wetherspoons?”