The first time I played the riff that would become this song, I was in the midst of life's greatest sorrow. For the second time in my life. Our rehearsal studio was covered with blue carpet on the walls. It smelled musty. Everyone who smoked, did so indoors. We drank coffee. And wine. And we never did the dishes. And we played music. Lots of music. All the time. Therapy. This was in early 2014.
Later that year we went to a studio and recorded some songs. This one was among them. But we were not happy with the way it sounded afterwards. It wasn't finished. But "Headlights" was, so we released it in the summer. And this piece would stay with us for a while.
Then came October 2015. We were going to finish our album. Of all the ideas that we had collected over the years in our blue, now plaster-white, rehearsal studio, "Waves" stuck out. Yes, it was called "Waves" before. So we pulled it out of his dusty folder somewhere on a hard drive.
We swapped electric guitars with classic guitar. Deleted the riff from the verse. Re-wrote the chords. Changed the key. Changed it back. Wrote new lyrics. Wrote beats. Wrote new lyrics again. Looked in our hearts. And then it was finished.
And now it is not only the first song released from the album, it is also the first track on our upcoming album "Through Your Hands". Release this fall. On vinyl and digital platforms, for those wondering.
This marks a first for us. We’ve been lucky enough to have visited some of Europe's finest recording studios in the past, PUK Studios in
Denmark was the latest. Needless to say, that was amazing.
But for this song we decided to record it ourselves in our own studio, to make sure we had the time to be meticulous with every detail of the
recording. The results were more than pleasing. We managed to create something different from what we’re used to. It’s been an
experimenting process with both instruments and vocals. You can imagine the fun.
Shooting the video:
The video was shot in three days with and by Robin Jansson, aka Furry Hands, and Kristoffer Granath. On the first day, we filmed individual shots in a huge
white hall. That same night we edited the material to fit the boxes we had built for lighting, used in the video for Hold On Light Up.
The second day of shooting was done by the film crew, shooting the background views. On the last day, we projected the individual-shots-video onto the
boxes and the background-view-video onto the back wall in the same hall we used as set on the first day (this was all very complicated and still very simple)
and filmed it.
The video for Keep is the most fun we’ve had making one so far.
We have pushed ourselves in this process, both with the recording and the video. Dared a little more. And we feel it now, when it's time to release it for the world
to hear. Nerves. Excitement. Eagerness. It will be very nice. And strange.
Hold on Light Up (btchd whale Remix)
Release: 2015 - 01 - 19
Remix by producer Btchd-whale. Released as a singel by The White Raven.
Almost all of the members met over 10 years ago, but they didn't form The White Raven until 2012. Since their debut Headlights (2014), their streams have passed 1 500 000. They have several acclaimed shows behind them and they are looking forward to play their new songs on stages worldwide.
The album Through Your Hands was recorded in their own studio, in a basement of an industrial area in the south of Helsingborg.
- The start of what would become a finished record came in October. We went out to a cabin in the woods at Hallandsåsen and spent a week there together. We started to write a few songs on the first day already and the week gave us more than we expected. Although only one of maybe six songs from that session is included on the album, it is necessary to kill your darlings too. From the woods we went down to our own cave in Gåsebäck and that’s where we recorded and produced the album. In our own world in a way.
Through Your Hands will be released September 2 on vinyl and on all digital platforms. First out of the ten tracks is the single “Wake Wait”, a track that clearly shows the band's development and simultaneously strikes the emotional tones that are The White Raven.
- Wake Wait is about feeling concern for your fellow people, from both a small and a greater perspective. About being afraid of losing someone close and the impending feeling that life is out of your control.
“Wake Wait“ will be released on all digital platforms on April 15.