White Hills' latest album, Frying on this Rock, released March 20th through Thrill Jockey, is their 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.
2011 was a banner year for White Hills, with their last album H-p1 topping several UK end of the year lists, and high profile appearances at ATP New York, Supersonic, and Roadburn as well as dates with the Flaming Lips and Sleep.
WEST COAST DATES:
5/10/2012 San Diego CA Soda Bar
5/11/2012 Los Angeles CA Echo
5/12/2012 Seaside CA The Alternative Cafe
5/13/2012 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill
5/15/2012 Portland OR Mississippi Studios w/ Kinski
5/16/2012 Bellingham WA The Shakedown w/ Kinski
5/17/2012 Vancouver BC The Biltmore Cabaret w/ Master Musician's of Bukkake
5/18/2012 Seattle WA Comet Tavern w/ Kinski
"A darkly hypnotic mix of churning guitar, distant vocals and swirling synth drones, this record conjures a riff-heavy psychedelic vibe that picks up where the Velvet Underground and Spacemen 3 left off. Far out." - Los Angeles Times
"...an abrasive epic that splices Hawkwind's medicinal hymns with Chrome's proto-industrial buzz." - AV Club
"There's something utterly elemental about White Hills' majestic compositions; they're electricity, organically manifested and shaped into artful, atmospheric turbulence... Like the Stooges, Hawkwind, Loop, and Monster Magnet, White Hills dazzle and soar with overwhelming sonic muscularity and intensity." - The Stranger