The female voice is better suited to punk rock than the male. Those of us who espouse this scientific truth meet a lot of resistance from various hardcore bros, and so we are glad to have White Lung as evidence. The Vancouver quartet plays aggressive, melodic punk that howls without shrieking, hurtling through tightly structured tracks like a valkyrie on a roller coaster. They're like Bow Wow Wow ghostwriting for Bad Brains; Sleater-Kinney with three minutes to catch the bus.
They rock, is what I'm saying, and they do it with tight discipline. The longest song on their sophomore LP, Sorry, clocks in at 2:14. White Lung has adopted the early NOFX practice of repeating choruses as little as possible, building each song to a single, wailing climax and then letting it be done. It's a pro move, demanding new material and an unwavering confidence in it.
You can hear that confidence in Mish Way's voice, which arches like a tin roof over a tight rhythm section and Kenneth William's snaky, frantic guitar. That balanced sound allows White Lung to spin wildly without toppling. Their songs are controlled chaos, bursting with energy that only feels designed when it snaps to a stop.
White Lung was scheduled to play KBGA's 17th Birthday Bash but canceled. The bash kicks off at the VFW Sat., Sept. 14, at 9 PM with Serengeti, Jel and DJ Tony Trimm. Garden City Ladies Arm Wrestling also in attendance. $15/$12 advance.