The Session: White Sunday are back on FridayBy Jenny Minard
September 22, 2010
Things looked liked they were on the up for Reading rockers White Sunday. Having singed an international management contract in September it seemed the musical world was their oyster.
But that wasn’t to be and singer/songwriter James White has explained that the whole process has been wholly frustrating.
“We signed the deal and it didn’t really work out. The two guys we were signed to were in America – we didn’t see much of them.
“We were stuck in the middle. We’ve been a while trying to get out of that and it has freed us up to do what we were going to do a year ago, which is release a single.
“So it’s been a bit up and down the last year. We thought it was great we signed up to this management label but it just didn’t work out, some things aren’t meant to be.
“In the meantime Luke, our bass player, left.
He went off to have a baby, so that was a bit gutting for me personally because he is one of my best mates.
“So we replaced him with another guy who is mates with our drummer. It’s all good and now we are back to where we were a year ago.”
So how did it all go wrong? James has his views:
“I think they thought they were going to stroll into a major record label and get us a deal and it just doesn’t work like that any more,” he says.
James adds that they decided to part on good terms, adding that there’s the potential for them to work together in the future.
“It just didn’t work as a team,” he says.
So you can imagine how devastating this was for a band but James says not all is lost.
“We are back to where we were in terms of our profile, but we’ve come back with an album that we finished and we have a new bass player,” he continues.
“We’re a better band and we have an album which we’re going to release. We have done some good things and have made great contacts along the way that we’re going to be using now, but it’s very frustrating.
“I’ve been banging my head against the wall for months so I’m quite glad to be out of that all now.
“We have much better material and a better band.”
The band is all set to release the single Nothing without the Music on Monday. An album is in the pipeline for next February.
“It’s just rock ‘n’ roll music,” James says. “There is no fancy stuff in there. We’re not trying to be anything like dance or indie stuff, we’re doing what we like which is rock ‘n’ roll music.
“We’ve done some tracks with producers like Adam Whittaker who has produced the single.
“The album is just in your face but we have got a couple of ballads in there, none of this cheesy stuff, it’s about real things.
“The songs mean things to people and that’s how I think music should be. I think there is too much out there, people have lost touch, it doesn’t seem to be about the music anymore, it seems to all be about everything else apart from the music.”
White Sunday will host their single launch party at Play, Milford Road, Reading on Friday.
“It’s going to be a cracking night, The Noyze are supporting. They are good lads. It’s going to be sold out – it will be a good night.”
- For more information, log on to the band’s MySpace page, www.myspace.com/wsunday