2018 was an exciting year for Brighton psych outfit White Room. Not only did they perform a euphoric headline set at Patterns, but they embarked on a brilliant support tour for Doncaster rockers The Blinders, which included an iconic night at The Haunt. Now, the quintet have given us a taste of what’s to come in 2019 with ‘Bleeding’.
Suitably for an occasion which was initially inspired by the Free Comic Book Day in North America back in 2007, the superheroes that run our local independent record stores came together for Record Store Day. Whereas most retailers would do simply anything to get one over their rivals, this felt different – Brighton’s four indie stores seemed to operate in a friendly and collaborative manner, with a lot of effort put in to avoid event clashes rather than direct competition. Between them, Resident, Vinyl Revolution, Bella Union and Rarekind (as well as a special event at Brighton Dome organised by Spectrum in celebration of local artists) made sure that the whole of Brighton could join in the celebrations of the biggest day in the independent music store calendar.
White Room have been plying their trade in and around Brighton for a while now, and picking up heaps of fans as they do it. One of which is fellow Brighton band Of Empires’ lead singer Jack Fletcher. When I interviewed him a few weeks ago he told me that, “White Room are definitely my favourite Brighton band at the moment. I think they’re going to be massive. They’re already massive in my eyes”. After their biggest ever show at Patterns, it’s fair to say that he’s right: White Room are a fantastic live proposition with an already mightily impressive collection of bangers in their back catalogue, and the showmanship to pull it off in far bigger venues than this.
Ahead of their headline show at The Hope & Ruin and the release of their double EP Eight I caught up with bassist Josie McNamara of the enigmatic Brighton-based five-piece White Room. Their radiant, self-aware brand of psych, meshes the sound of British 60s guitar pop with Hacienda-sized levels of danceability and it’s seen them support the likes of Paul Weller on tour.