White Lung Atlanta

White Lung Atlanta
Embodying the sneer and attitude of early L.A. punk bands like X and the Germs, Vancouver, BC's White Lung have blazed a fierce trail over their short career. On the back of two seven-inches, placement on the influential Emergency Room scene comp and a raging live show, the quartet have emerged as one of the city's most promising new bands. This third seven-inch finds the group honing their songwriting while losing none of their edge. Lead singer Mish's vocals are often the target of Karen O comparisons, but the similarities to Yeah Yeah Yeahs lay more in the band's guitar riffs, which borrow from Nick Zinner's early squalls. B-side "80,000 x" moves at breakneck speed, while "D.O.I." opens with a nice, creeping bass line, but the title track is the undeniable standout. The opening riff alone is worth the price of admission and it doesn't lose impact throughout the track's two-and-a-half minutes, while Mish continuously snarls, "You explode," proving that White Lung are indeed ready to step out of the punk rock dugout and into a larger spotlight. (Deranged)