Q&A Scene: Michael Barnsley ~ White Summer

Tell us about your new Single?

It’s called ‘Zero In Tennis’. It’s a song about love and memory loss, specifically how love itself has the potential to sustain or dissociate in the face of memory loss. It’s an exploration of this concept with the underlying question of what are the most treasured memories that would survive in one’s core consciousness, if forming and reflecting on new memories became an inability.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Every piece of music we create is yet another step in the journey. For us, favouritism generally tends to give way to excited insight into the light our new work shines upon our musical development – as individuals and as a group.

Tell us a quick, in the studio or on-the-road anecdote.

I used to have this old Holden Panel Van, and we used it for one of our music videos a few years back. We had to drive out to the country a few hours out of Melbourne and Jimmy and I travelled the way back in the panel van. This was in winter. With basically no door seals, no heating and numerous other leaks coupled with the obnoxiously loud engine meant we were travelling in the worst of conditions. We had to yell at the top of our lungs to talk to each other, literally screaming. Then, one windowpane fell into the door chamber, forcing us to ride with a window open as well. It was so damn cold. We were yelling and freezing. But we were laughing because it was so ridiculous. Nearly hit a few roos, could barely see the road and when we finally made it home, I had to pry my frosty frozen hands from the steering wheel.

What, or who, inspires you to create?

Our inspiration comes from many different places. Life experiences, other music and art, movies and novels are all sources of inspiration for us. The natural human instinct to connect and communicate with others is what drives us to create and music is our outlet to do this in a way that transcends beyond what we can’t communicate without it.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

I could spend my lifetime telling you what some of my favourite pieces of music out there are. However, we really don’t see ourselves trying to be anyone else. We have endless respect for other artist’s work as being their own work, while focusing our aspirations and energy on our own expression.

What’s next for you?

We have another couple of singles to release this year before releasing the album. Once we’ve finished touring for this one, we’ll be back in the studio before too long to complete the next chapter.

What’s your scene?

We tend not think in terms of ‘scenes’, or ‘clicks’ per se. In our world, our passion is music and sharing it with other people, through recordings and live performance and enjoying the experience of others doing the same. I guess that’s really what the music ‘scene’ is all about.

After securing airplay on Triple M and Triple J off the back of the release of their EP ‘I Know A Place We Can Love’, White Summer gained momentum in the local and national scene and secured support slots with such acts as HOLY HOLY, DMAs and KINGSWOOD. [pullquote] “That chorus! It’s heavy like a cataclysmic avalanche.” – Dom Alessio – triple j[/pullquote] After two EP’s and Double A-Side releases, the guys have had their eyes set on displaying a complete body of work, their debut album. “Zero In Tennis” is the lead single taken from the bands forthcoming debut album due early 2018 and was recorded at the Grove Studios with acclaimed producer Burke Reid who has worked with the likes of Peter Garrett, Sarah Blasko, Courtney Barnett and DZ Deathrays.   “This is big blues at its theatrical best, with all the light/dark contrast and the sensationalised   build-ups clearing only for inevitable emotional explosions” – Rolling Stone
‘Zero In Tennis’ Single Launch Shows:
Friday 28th July 2017
Yah Yahs, Melbourne VIC
Supporting The Cherry DollsFriday 25th August 2017
Cherry Bar, Melbourne VIC (single launch)Saturday 2nd September 2017
Frankies, Sydney NSW (single launch)
Connect with WHITE SUMMER online:
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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.