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White Label Analog

Indie Rock/Pop (Austin, TX)

White Label Analog, an indie rock band hailing from the heart of Austin, Texas, are an exhilarating blend of electrifying energy and introspective lyricism. Vocalist Chris Didear and drummer Heath Macintosh originally formed the band in 2014. After a few iterations, the two ultimately joined forces with guitarist Chris Bourland and bassist Jordan Gates. Together, their carefully crafted music weaves 80’s nostalgia, catchy melodies, and danceable beats, creating a kaleidoscope of sound that surges through the air with a hypnotic purpose… to move your heart as much as your feet!  

 

Thus far, their indelible journey has manifested showcases at SXSW, Canadian Music Week, Springboard Music Festival, and a national tour. In the studio, WLA has worked alongside industry pros such as Mark Needham (Killers, Imagine Dragons), Dwight Baker (Blue October, Missio), and Carl Bahner (St. Lucia, Joywave). They’ve been a support act for The Unlikely Candidates, and for a couple of Pop 2K Tour stops featuring Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick of NSYNC. The band’s music has also been licensed for award winning indie feature films, and for the popular MTV series Teen Mom 2. “If you’re not averse to having fun served with your rock ’n’ roll, then enjoy the sunny melodies and delicious hooks.” -Loris Lowe, Sun Radio

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Aman Shamim, The Honey Pop (Feb 20, 2022)  

“EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: White Label Analog Drops ‘Curves’ (Plus A Gorgeous Video!) Hey, hey, hey, honeybees! We’re almost into the weekend and we thought we’d ring it in by sharing some awesome new music with you! There’s a brand new release from White Label Analog, an indie pop/rock band who hail from Austin, TX. The track is called ‘Curves’ and honestly, we are OBSESSED. Oh, and the music video? Left us absolutely in awe. It’s an amazing track that really captures the experience of the last few years dealing with COVID and the fatigue so many of us are experiencing as well as the resiliency that’s been demonstrated. It kinda feels like hope in a song?”

https://chorus.fm/news/white-label-analog/

 

New Noise, New Noise (Dec 16, 0021)

White Label Analog have dropped their upbeat new single, “Feelin’ It.” 

From one of the country’s most celebrated hubs of of emerging rock music, Austin rock quartet White Label Analog seamlessly blend instrumental guile with gloriously catchy hooks and a dexterous, multi-layered blend of influence from the ’80s and ’90s as well as nods to their more present-day contemporaries. 

Nods to Walk The Moon and Neon Trees shine through in the band’s recent tracks, a gregarious and unabashed display of toe-tapping rock. 

“Feelin’ It” comes as the band’s first new music since 2018’s “Everyone Knows” and they have relished the opportunity to return to the studio. “It’s been a rough last couple of years for everyone, so it just feels great to come out with something that is fun and carefree”, says lead vocalist Chris Didear of the new single. “We make music to move your feet as much as your heart.”

 

Rock N Load, Rock N Load (Jan 04, 0022)

“From one of the country’s most celebrated hubs of of emerging rock music, Austin rock quartet White Label Analog seamlessly blend instrumental guile with gloriously catchy hooks and a dexterous, multi-layered blend of influence from the 80’s and 90’s, as well as nods to their more present day contemporaries. Subsequently, notes of Walk The Moon and Neon Trees shine through in the band’s recent tracks, a gregarious and unabashed display of toe-tapping rock. The Lone Star State outfit shot to the fore following a breakout 2016, which saw the band unveil debut full-length, ‘In Case You Just Tuned In‘ and set off on their inaugural national tour. “Feelin’ It” comes as the band’s first new music since 2018’s “Everyone Knows” and have relished the opportunity to return to the studio. “It’s been a rough last couple of years for everyone, so it just feels great to come out with something that is fun and carefree”, said lead vocalist Chris Didear of the new single”

 

Randy, CELEB MIX (Nov 04, 2018)

“Everybody Knows” opens with a pop-flavored intro flowing into a pop-rock tune full of infectious energy and streaming colors. Didear’s voice infuses the song with rich, creamy resonance, as radiant vocal harmonies suffuse the backdrop. The flow of the harmonics is iridescent, glowing with buoyant flavors and a compelling rhythm. The lyrics are infectious and quixotic. White Label Analog definitely has it going on. “Everybody Knows” is full of coruscating dynamism.”

 

Karen Benardello, Shock Ya (Nov 07, 2018)

“Devising an intensely relatable and equally fun love ballad is the true essence of what it means to be a standout pop musician. The members of White Label Analog captivatingly personify what it means to be a true American band that can create inspirational anthems. That’s certainly the case with the lively and enduring ‘Everybody Knows,’ which shows how unequivocal love might encourage people who are living through this difficult era to truly embrace life.”

 BAND TO WATCH - Kimya Kavehkar, AUSTIN MONTHLY MAGAZINE (Feb 27, 2017)

The members of White Label Analog are anxious for something to happen. Their collective energy is akin to an office worker’s leg bouncing up and down at 4 p.m. on a Friday. They’ve put in the time in their individual careers and as a band for the past four years, so some recognition and appreciation would be nice. 

“Playing a song you worked really hard on, and you see people in the audience singing along to it, anything past that is just icing on the cake,” adds guitarist James Millican. 

The indie pop-rock band released its debut LP, In Case You Just Tuned In, in September after an “arduous” process, says bassist Aaron Herbster, with about a year spent writing, rewriting, demoing, and pre-production. Fortunately, their friendship keeps the songwriting process a fun, collaborative affair. For instance, on their first EP, A Little More Time, they laid down a rough draft of what would become the first single, “Echoes.” “I would bug everybody like, ‘I love this song, maybe we should do something,’” recalls Herbster. “Then James went back and listened to it and said, ‘Well, OK, what if I did this instead?’ And all of a sudden, it clicked.” 

“The one thing that we’ve really focused on is due diligence in trying to make each and every song the best that we feel it can be,” says lead vocalist Chris Didear. With that approach, White Label Analog’s days under the radar might soon be over.

 Zubeda Khan, The Mass Media (Oct 14, 2016)

If you’re in need of a change from bumping the usual pop and hip-hop hits, take a chance on White Label Analog, an indie rock band of sorts from Austin, Texas. The new band is just budding on the scene, having released their debut album "In Case You Just Tuned In" in late August. 

“'In Case You Just Tuned In' is a veritable snapshot of our lives since releasing (our 2015 EP) 'A Little More Time.' A reflection of our ideas, feelings, and the experiences we’ve all shared,” drummer and vocalist Heath Macintosh says on their official band website (whitelabelanalog.com). The group claims they are not interested in trying to restrain their music by forcing it to fit a particular genre. 

Their music flavor tastes familiar, however, and it might have something to do with the work of mixing engineer Mark Needham on the album, who worked for The Killers, Neon Trees, and Imagine Dragons. 

Take, for example, the tracks “Turn to Dust” and “Awakened By the Fire,” each with upbeat, punchy instrumental openings. These tracks certainly feel distinctly “indie,” reminding me of what Vampire Weekend did with the preppy opening of "Oxford Comma" and the rhythm of Two Door Cinema Club’s "Undercover Martyn." 

This tendency, however, is not at all consistent. White Label Analog certainly has range, with songs like "Echoes," the lead single, heading more into rock vibes. One of my favorite tracks is probably “Off the Wall,”  a fun twist compared to the other tunes on the album. The song is very Franz Ferdinand-esque, and the only single opening with vocals rather than solely instrumentals. The lyrics are packed with sass, with gold lines such as, “I don’t care if I see your friends, they’re all fake anyway,” and “I can’t feel anything at all/because I took your picture off the wall.” Talk about a moving-on anthem. 

Their lack of a specific sound definitely doesn’t hurt. White Label Analog has a playfulness and openness with style that indicates a group serious about expanding and growing. Art is about exploration and having fun; even if sometimes the lyrics are hard to connect to, White Label Analog are on the right track for making a name for themselves. 

 Listening to their album may regularly give listeners a sense of deja vu—I kept stopping and asking myself, “Where did I hear that rhythm before?” But there’s no doubt about it—this group is going places.

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