KITTIE Drummer MERCEDES LANDER Launches THE WHITE SWAN - "The Feeling Of Darkness About To Boil Over Into Chaos Just Underneath The Surface"
October 11, 2016, a year ago
Kittie drummer Mercedes Lander has launched a new band called The White Swan, which sees her singing as well as playing drums. She spoke exclusively with BraveWords scribe Carl Begai about how the band came to be:
"Basically, I had all these songs I couldn't use for any band that I was in and really thought it would be a challenge for me to write everything and try vocals for a change. In all honesty, these songs were my babies and I didn't really trust anyone to do them justice. My first choice for someone to work with was Kira (Longeuay / bass), as we have a long history of playing in The Alcohollys together. The band is about to take a long hiatus, and her and I had always worked well together. I knew Shane (Jeffers / guitars) from him being over at the house taking guitar lessons from my boyfriend, and we all run in the same circle of musicians so it was really a no-brainer.
I have always loved the doomier side of rock music and really pulled a lot of my inspiration from bands that I grew up listening to. I wanted the songs to be aurally pleasing and written almost like a pop song, but have a hint of darkness and the feeling of that darkness about to boil over into chaos just underneath the surface. After a few weeks of demoing riffs, Kira and Shane came over to jam and it was possibly the greatest feeling I've had in a long time. I was amazed at how easily everything clicked. From there we recorded our EP, Anubis, with Alastair Sims in August in one day. He really captured what we wanted to achieve with our sound and really understood what we wanted get out of the recording."
The White Swan is:
Mercedes Lander – drums, vocals, keyboards, guitar
Shane Jeffers – guitar
Kira Longeuay – bass
Stay tuned for more information. Check out The White Swan Facebook page here.
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