White Flowers - Day By Day

TOUGH LOVE RECORDS

  • £19.99


For songwriting duo Joey Cobb and Katie Drew of White Flowers, it was only on leaving London to return to their native Preston that the dark-hued dream-pop of their debut album, Day By Day, began to crystallise. "There’s something uniquely bleak about the North,” says Joey, speaking from the abandoned textile mill that White Flowers call home, “but in that bleakness there’s a certain beauty.” 

The pair had left Preston for London to study at art college, and it was there that they first began to explore the nascent psych scene bubbling under in the few remaining arts-orientated spaces in the east of the city. “We didn’t want to be a psych band,” explains Katie, "but discovering that music gave us both energy and focus. We’ve spent so many years developing these songs, because I think it was important we waited until White Flowers became its own defined thing." 

The pair found that by using equipment they barely understood, they produced their most innovative work. Beginning on GarageBand, they crafted loops that turned into songs, and by the time they’d worked out how to use it, they’d graduated to a drum machine. Now very much in control, and with a clear and determined focus, the pair began producing music that, whilst leaning into the North’s post-punk past, possessed a vision and depth informed by their own post-industrial Preston experiences. 

The constant upheaval of, well, everything has fed directly into Day By Day. “The songs on the album were written from when we were teenagers up to our early 20s, so it’s come of age in this weird apocalyptic time,” says Katie. “Everything’s surrounded by uncertainty” notes Joey, "but it isn’t all doom and gloom, there are positives, rules are out the window and you can do what you want. There’s some hope in there.” 

 

TRACKLIST: 
  1. Intro 
  2. Night Drive 
  3. Daylight 
  4. Stars 
  5. Tried to Call 
  6. Help Me Help Myself 
  7. Day By Day 
  8. Different Time, Different Place 
  9. Portra 
  10. Nightfall 

 

  • Limited edition LP housed in custom jacket with rounded corners, rear opening, and printed inner-sleeve 
  • CD housed in digipack case 

 

 

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