White Lung’s Mish Way has one of the best snarls in punk, but it’s starting to take its toll. If you got into the Vancouver howlers through their furious 2012 breakout, Sorry, you’ll notice one big change on “Blow It South,” which they recorded after a neverending tour as relentless as the album’s pace: Way’s voice is considerably lower. Turns out it wasn’t a calculated move. Her voice has just changed.
“I’m learning how to sing right in a register that doesn’t kill me,” she emails. “Seriously, I’m learning how to breath properly. It’s intense and scary because my voice is not the same and I’ve got to work for it. I basically have the voice of a tranny who doesn’t know her muscles.”
So that accounts for the deeper vocals, but the lyrics also pack a punch. According to Way, that also arose from the many long nights in the tour van: “It’s about the downside of tour sex and the loss of aggressive masculinity.”
The “Blow It South” seven-inch comes out November 5 on Deranged (digitally, October 28). White Lung are also working on a new LP to be released on a new mystery label in Spring, 2014.