what’s on with… White Room

Harley Cassidy /
Oct 18, 2017 / Music

Their impending EP is described as an “invitation to escape”, they have an un-nerving talent at being able to make you dance at any given time and they colour co-ordinate their stage outfits better than any other band you’ll see this year – it’s time to meet, White Room.


Jake Smallwood – vocals/keys
Jacob Newman – guitar
Josie McNamara – vocals/bass
Henry Sava – drums
Tristan Sava – keys/guitar

The Brighton-bred quintet have just signed to Deltasonic, home of The Coral, The Zutons and The Vryll Society. It’s an exciting venture for the band, whose glistening, self-described “sky-gaze” has slowly gathered momentum since their band formation in 2015. In that time they’ve been bigged up by Paul Weller and fashion designer, Hedi Slimane and their euphoric set of bangers have been polished by the likes of Theo Verney.

The live gig, however, is where the band are really in their element; Jake, a well-studied acolyte of the rock and roll frontman handbook masters glaring intensity, relentless energy and tambourine wielding antics which lay the foundation for their mesmerising sets.

The buzz? Addictive hooks, choruses that stick like superglue and the type of presence that the underground have been screaming about for far too long. Get on board.


Their impending EP, Eight, looks set to be a blinder if their current releases are anything to go by. Guitars gleam and choruses glide, wedding the transcendental nous of quirky, genre-bending bands such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre to the heady, insouciant appeal of The Stone Roses. Eight was made for 2017 and the current state of affairs that besiege our youth. It’s made for dancing around without a care in the world or for sitting down, headphones in, looking for a new perspective. Either way, it will make you feel something, a sensation we all strive for at the best of times.

For a decent idea, listen to ‘Stole The IV’, both uninhibited and uplifting in equal measure.

What’s on your…


“Where are my trousers?”

Bedroom walls 

“Blankets, foam and a pink and black cow.”


“Books ranging from music magazines to literature to autobiographies to art/photography books. I’m currently reading Nick Cave’s novel ‘The Death of Bunny Monro”.”

Party playlist

“Jagwar Ma, Beach Boys and Talking Heads are all essential.”

Dream dinner party guest list 

“Frank Zappa, Richard Dawkins and Jesus.”

Headstone if you could write it 

“Gone and soon forgotten.”

Shit list


Record shelf 

“Most listened at the moment is probably either Yes – Fragile, or, David Bowie – Low.


“Mad Men, IT Crowd and Why Sharks Attack.”

Favourite menu 

“Jerk chicken, macaroni pie and some sweet potato, spicy wedges.”

List of charities you support 

“Centre Point, Help Musicians UK, and RSPCA.”

New music radar – 

“Barbudo, TV ME, Sauce, Mr Jukes and EAT FAST to name a few.”


Catch them on their UK headline tour at any of the following dates:

27/11 – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
28/11 – The Shacklewell Arms, London
29/11 – Actress & Bishop, Birmingham
30/11 – The Magnet, Liverpool
02/12 – The Eagle Inn, Manchester


Image by Will Ireland

Words by Harley Cassidy

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