WHITE frontman Leo Condie leads a guided tour through the band's debut album
- Kirstyn Smith
- 18 April 2017
Singer dissects One Night Stand Forever: 'It is our shot at pure disco-ball hedonism'
The kind of noise WHITE come out with can often be surprising. Their first album, One Night Stand Forever, is one of those much-anticipated jobs: after a run of solid singles and successful tours, it's a pure relief that their debut is packed with substance, shade and sublimity. Their disco punk is still out in force: 'Fight the Feeling' is a textbook example of scrunchy danceability, but there's balance here. 'This is Not a Love Song' oozes decadence, a bluesy farewell to a lover that wouldn't sound out of place in the wee hours of a smoldering Parisian jazz joint. 'You got it all wrong,' beseeches frontman Leo Condie in 'BLUSH' as the band marry pouting pomp with vulnerability a-go-go. Meanwhile, shade is thrown and tea sipped in the anthemic 'I Liked You Better When You Needed Me'.
But don't just take our word for it. For more on what was going through their dizzy disco minds when putting together One Night Stand Forever, Condie takes us on a track-by-track tour:
The first song we released, and one of the first we wrote together. We wanted a big, odd, mad way to land on planet earth, and hammering out a spiky, atonal guitar intro seemed perfect. When we wrote the chorus it never occurred to me that I would get to hear 1,000 people shouting it back at me a couple of years later.
FIGHT THE FEELING
We debuted this track in one of our most surreal experiences to date, sandwiched in between a debate on Turkish politics and a review of Beyonce's Lemonade on the Dutch TV equivalent of The Daily Show, De Wereld Draait Door. In Dutch, obviously. It was great fun.
This is the song that always gets crowds dancing. It is our shot at pure disco-ball hedonism and losing yourself. Don't try to find yourself, lose yourself. It's much more fun. This song got used in Guitar Hero which means we can watch people play plastic guitars very, very well to our music, and utterly fail to replicate their button-bashing skills ourselves.
'Blush' is another angle to losing yourself, when regrets and a life lived in public lead you to do anything to forget who you are. This hasn't happened to us … yet.
THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG
This is a love song. No, wait, the other thing. It's not a love song. We wrote this during a two-day songwriting frenzy with Baby Daddy from Scissor Sisters, who came up to visit, listen to crazy 80s synth-pop, watch Limmy videos with us and write songs. This is our torch song ballad where I get to indulge my Scott Walker fantasies.
BE THE UNKNOWN
This song originally had a frankly ridiculous two guitar solos packed into its slender three-minute frame. It's great for opening shows and blasting people's ears off, though now that it's missing one of the guitar solos I have less time to indulge in knee-slides and splits.
I LIKED YOU BETTER WHEN YOU NEEDED ME
This is either a song about two people drifting apart or a song about a dictator losing their grip on the people and finding themselves utterly unloved. It depends what resonates with you more, I guess.
ONE NIGHT STAND FOREVER