After securing airplay on Triple M and Triple J off the back of the release of their EP I Know A Place We Can Love, White Summer is gaining a lot of momentum in around the country even securing support slots with bands such as Holy Holy, DMAs and Kingswood.
After two EP’s and Double A-Side releases, the guys are very much focused on their debut album. Zero In Tennis is the lead single taken from the bands forthcoming debut album due early 2018 and was recorded at the Grove Studios with acclaimed producer Burke Reid who has worked with the likes of Peter Garrett, Sarah Blasko, Courtney Barnett and DZ Deathrays. Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles did a quick Q&A with Anthony Zielke from the band.
The band must be pretty stoked where things are at the moment?
It’s been a great start to the year. We worked very hard on this album so it’s nice to get our first single out there and get the public listening to it.
Did you ever in your wildest dreams think you would be getting airplay on Triple M and Triple J?
Years ago when we just started out, getting a gig was the most amazing thing ever. As you progress and try to improve your craft, lots of baby steps help to achieve the goal.
Very stoked and very surprised.
How’s work progressing on the new album?
Well the album is finished mixed and mastered, so right now we are working on getting the set list right so that we can emulate our recording live. We have done a couple of shows recently and so far it’s pretty good
Do you think your sound has evolved/ changed much from the EP’s?
Definitely. I think that the listeners will hear a natural progression in the sound. The new songs have the old characteristics of White Summer with a splash of new inspiration of song writing.
Is it challenging thinking about how you’ll release the album whether that’s digital only, vinyl only, Pledge and so on?
Yes! Haha. When releasing an album it takes a lot of people to make it happen and there is a lot of factors that have to be taken into account. Whether the album is being released as a physical or digital or both is just one of them. Booking agents, publicists, managers, graphic designers, video directors…..the list goes on and on.
What’s it like working with Burke Reid?
We are lucky to call Burke a friend. When we recorded the I Know A Place EP we were breaking the ice and getting to know each other. Two years later down the track when we were re-entering the studio to record our album, its all hugs and high-fives when we see Burke. Burke has the amazing ability with his patience to bring out the best in every music and guide you to the best result. He is a dream to work with and a great dude to hang out with.
What has he brought to the process?
Introducing new ideas, changing structures to songs and pushing us to our best ability.
What was your reaction when you heard your music on the radio for the first time?
Are you looking forward to touring the country including Adelaide?
Very much so, amazing and weird stories always happen on the road. And it’s also great playing towns where it’s a new crowd and new fans
Next challenge for the band?
Deciding which single to release next!
Interview by Rob Lyon
Check out White Summer on the following dates…
Friday 28th July 2017
Yah Yahs, Melbourne VIC
Supporting The Cherry Dolls
Friday 25th August 2017
Cherry Bar, Melbourne VIC (single launch)
Saturday 2nd September 2017
Frankies, Sydney NSW (single launch)