There’s something in the water in Newcastle that has been producing an abundance of fresh, exciting new artists as if by magic over the past few years – one of the most enticing of these names is undoubtedly The Pale White. Gracing the stage of Manchester’s long-standing Deaf Institute, the three-piece, comprised of brothers Adam and Jack Hope and close friend Tom Booth, proved exactly why there has been such a fervent buzz around their name.
Firmly rooted in classic rock, The Pale White take this deep-running influence but twist it into something fresh, self-describing their sound as ‘loud, intense, anthemic indie rock’. In a live environment, the indisputably ‘loud’ and ‘intense’ aspects of their sound shine through – paired with all black outfits and the Gothic backdrop the venue provides, their music was made for this setting. Racing through a setlist mixing old favourites like ‘Reaction’ and new songs like the incredible ‘Polaroid’, the band undoubtedly have the crowd in the palm of their hands without even really having to say a word: something about their effortless demeanour and the ambition of their songs is enthralling.
With a relentless supply of energy, The Pale White are at their prime when playing their most raucous numbers – perhaps the highlight of the night was ‘That Dress’, one of their earliest and rowdiness releases. Though more retrospective, calmer moments like ‘The Future is Mine’ show a different side to the band, it is undoubtedly their more vivacious moments which cement them as a total gem in the North East’s music scene. Based on their prowess as a live band alone, The Pale White show that they are a band to keep an eye on for sure.
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