Listen/review: White – I Liked You Better When You Needed Me

Words by Tim Hakki @TimHakki

Bestial fuzz riffs and shrieking banshee synths introduce White’s latest song ‘I Liked You Better When You Needed Me’. It’s messy and visceral like DFA 1979, but at it’s core it’s a dance number. The sinewy bass licks are restless, almost violently groovy, and the whole ensemble is soaked in the kind of bibliophilic detail that would see Eno doffing his hat. White are the closest thing to Futurists British indie has: they’re fast, absurd, irreverent, metallic – positively Ballardian at times, but always with an ear for colour that keeps them from straying into murky territory. They may have left Sony to be independent again, but it’s looking likely that we’ll hear whisperings of an album very soon. 

White release Cuts That Don't Bleed on vinyl this autumn