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The not-so-sweet hearts of the North East scene, The Pale White’s brash, abrasive and ricocheting tunes have induced major frenzy upon listeners all over the country in the past few months.

An unstoppable force of vivacity, displaying raucous pizzazz with their live shows, the band (previously known as Sun Dance) consists of brothers Adam (vocals/guitar), Jack (drums) and bassist Tom, who thrive on supplying tinnitus-coaxing ditties that will have limbs flailing in no time. “We see ourselves as a live band,” explains Jack, “we put a lot of preparation and effort into our live shows to ensure it’s a night to remember, and it feels like all our hard work is starting to pay off, but We are pretty loud; apologies for the ringing in your ears…”

The band’s style stands at the pinnacle of rowdiness thanks to propulsive riffs and nagging bass lines. “I think that people have been looking for an exciting band to represent the area. It feels good to be playing gigs where people are really enjoying themselves and having a good time for 45 minutes, rather than standing scratching their chins at the back.” Tom says. “There’s been such a surge of exciting new bands coming through that are gaining national attention and it’s amazing to be part of. We want to reach a wider audience and help shine a spotlight on the area, as we believe the region is unfairly overlooked.”

It feels good to be playing gigs where people are really enjoying themselves and having a good time for 45 minutes, rather than standing scratching their chins at the back

Returning from a stint in London, where they captured the attention of an entirely new wave of audience at The Old Blue Last, they’re electrified with a stern tenacity to remain on the up. Speaking of their debut Southern gig, Adam enthuses: “It was mind blowing to see the place packed out for us when we thought our name hadn’t left the North East yet. We’d also been in London a few weeks previously recording our first single with Adrian Bushby [who has also worked with Foo Fighters, Muse and U2]. We’re currently preparing for its release, it should be with you in January, it’s all exciting times indeed!”

Having already nabbed support slots for the likes of Band of Skulls and Baby Strange, the band’s ambitions are sky high, citing Queens Of The Stone Age as one of the groups they’d most like to share a stage with. For now, you can catch them at The Cluny, Newcastle on Thursday 22nd December alongside The Old Pink House and Blesh, at a gig that’s guaranteed to beat any Christmas gift you have nestled in your stocking.

A couple of tracks have seen the light of day so far, but the band aren’t too concerned about running before they can walk, explaining that an album release is “way, way in the future”. Tom elucidates: “We want the album to stand the test of time and really represent who we are as a band. It has to be something we are incredibly proud of…2018 feels right!”

By then, we imagine the fan base to have extended to infinity and beyond, but do they have a Belieber-esque name to grant them yet? “Paleys? That’s shite, actually.”

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