Posted by Andy on 10/10/12
The Berlin-based Norwegian four-piece The Whitest Boy Alive have been pretty quiet for the past couple of years since the release of their second studio album Rules in 2009. With their infectious blend of indie-electro, fronted by Erlend Øye of Kings Of Convenience, who is certainly one of the most charismatic and likeable personalities from the Scandinavian scene, The Whitest Boy Alive stand the test of time. Their debut full-length Dreams, released in 2006, is one of my favourite albums of the last decade and Rules isn’t to far behind either. And by my calculations, 2012 will probably see the release of their third. The clues being a one off live show at The Coronet Theatre in Elephant & Castle, which I was fortunate enough to attend, and that Rules was released three years after Dreams. 2012 is another three years (can you believe it?) ergo, another album.
More proof as to get excited for another The Whitest Boy Alive album? The unveiling of three new tracks during their near two hour performance to the packed Coronet crowd. All three were more tropical then their pervious efforts, but no less enjoyable for it. You can hear one of the tracks filmed from an earlier show, titled ‘Upside Down’. These tracks were scattered in amongst their previous hits, such ‘Golden Cage’, ‘Fireworks’, ‘Keep A Secret’, ‘Timebomb’, ‘1517’ and crowd favourite ‘Burning’. But Erlend’s stage presence, crowd interaction and sense of humour makes the band’s live show just that more enjoyable. For instance, he somehow managed to loose his shoes on the motorway from the airport on the way to the show and was therefore forced to wear the free slippers from the hotel they were staying in. This strange but quirky interaction with the crowd, along with his frequents quips after each song, certainly made the large theatre seem far more intimate and the show was all the better for it. They also played a cover of R Kelly’s ‘Ignition’, which you can watch a video of here and Max Romeo & The Upsetters’ ‘I Chase The Devil’.
It was an enjoyable experience, slightly offset by the fact that they will not be gracing the UK’s shores until 2013. But that new album is something to look forward to, right?