Tell us about the band, who you are, what you do and a bit of history behind how you started playing together?
We are White Room from Brighton (south of London). We’ve got me (Jake) on vocals and keys, Jacob on guitar and backing vocals, T on guitar and keys, Josie on bass and vocals and Hen on drums.
We’ve been playing together since we were little ones and me, T and Jacob all went the same school. T and Hen are cousins as well. White Room started in 2015 and Josie joined us last summer; I knew her from college and we had done a lot of work together on her music before she joined and she had even supported us at some early shows.
You have a new single about to be released, can you tell us a bit about what it is about?
Yes we do indeed. Two actually, Stole The I.V. and Take Me Away as a double A side. Stole The I.V. is largely a commentary on the social and political state of The UK at the moment.
What can fans expect from one of your live shows?
The uncontrollable urge to move your feet. That, and wood chips flying from all angles.
What song do you play that you feel connects most with a live audience?
I think one of our new tunes Twisted Celebration really stops people in their tracks. It’s a very special song. We’ll be putting it out very soon so keep an ear out for it.
What is your earliest remembrance of music?
Probably long road trips with my family listening to The Kinks. Especially the song Ape Man.
If you were not a musician, what would you want to be doing?
Trying to be a musician.
Name a band you would love to share the stage with and why?
I think I’d say Flaming Lips. I’ve seen them a few times now and they’ve always been a big inspiration to me, so getting the chance to support them would be insane. Especially if they let us borrow some of their lighting. Wayne, if you’re out there.. I want your hamster ball.
Where do you hope to see White Room in five years time?
With our own studio, writing and releasing as much music as we physically can. Also playing live shows that’ll leave the audience with memories they’ll never forget.
When writing lyrics, do they come from experiences you have been through, or are they just an idea?
Often lyrics will start off improvised when we’re jamming new ideas. When I land on some key lines I like, I decide what I want to write about and go from there, reworking as I go. Occasionally a personal experience I’ve had will uncover and I’ll write about that, but a lot of the time I write from more of a commentators point of view. A lot of people share similar experiences in one way or another and if you clock into that then you can find something really special.
Other than the obvious, such as equipment and instruments, what is the one must on your tours?
What do the words rock and roll mean to you?
You can only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what is it
Impossible. But if I was to say at this exact moment in time it would be Frank Zappa – Zombie Woof.
Three essential songs for a road trip
Black Hanz – Moonlandingz
Riders On The Storm – The Doors
I Try – Macy Gray
A hidden talent one of you may have that many people do not know about?
Hen is a self proclaimed alchemist.
Tell our readers why they should be listening to White Room
I can’t tell you why you should listen, but what I can say is to put us on and make up your own reasons why.
Any last words for our readers?
We’ve got a big release coming over the next few months so find us on Facebook and Spotify