It’s taken me the better part of 20 years to discover White Hills but I’m glad I finally did. I caught a show earlier this year at Saint Vitus and was left wondering how the hell two people create such an intense wall of sound. This past week’s show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory left me feeling the same way as founding members Dave W and Ego Sensation slammed my head with their guitar and drum assault.
Their self-described sound is ‘industrial fuzz for art rockers’, and I’ve seen them more broadly described as psych rock. But the truth is that there’s so much genre bending style in their songs I don’t think any label would stick. It can be noisy, frenzied, rhythmic, experimental, trippy, electronic and guitar driven….and that’s in one song. I’ve just started digging into their catalog and it’s maybe even more impressive than their live shows as they’ve released an insane amount of music since 2003.
One of the other things I really appreciate about Dave and Ego is seeing them at their shows out in the crowd, watching and supporting the other bands. And not that it’s hard to spot them as they’re as style is as unique as their sound. Make sure to catch them on their current tour with Mississippi’s doom heavy Telekinetic Yeti.
Scroll down for pics of the show (photos by Kevin McGann)