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Introducing WHITE WINE. Disorientating bassoon-laden brilliance from Joe Haege of Tu Fawning, 31Knots, Menomena etc- Hear ‘Hurry Home’ now

May 13, 2017



White Wine spirals into the malevolent, intoxicating and disorientating world of dark beauty Joe Haege has touched on with previous projects (Tu Fawning, 31 Knots, Menomena & The Dodos). This new line-up finds Haege delivering the most realised, intense and, at times, horrifying music of his career. Menacing sermons backed by effects-heavy bassoon and aggressive, off-kilter percussion, creating an uneasy cinematic mood – one that draws upon dystopic visions to ’60’s style Film Noir.

The first taste of forthcoming album comes in the form of the desperately tense ‘Hurry Home’, which opens notably with the line “Feeding on the flesh of the young and indifferent”.

“There’s so much complexity in life and human emotion that I have a hard time feeling convinced a song is always either happy, sad, melancholic, angry or scared. I look at these emotions like elements that are constantly colliding with each other, so it’s my duty as a songwriter to reflect that. I want to fall in and out of the cracks of genres, finding the nerves not yet hit. It’s usually in the disturbing part of the spectrum…”

So says Joe Haege, who’s earned a reputation for unsettling sounds. Haege formed White Wine (also known early on as Vin Blanc) as a solo project, but it developed into an informal duo following the release of second album, 2013’s In Every Way But One, after Haege invited Menomena / Tu Fawning soundman Fritz Brückner to join him on a European tour. When an apartment fell vacant next to Brückner’s home in Leipzig, Haege deserted Los Angeles, and, newly settled in Eastern Germany, added Chistian “Kirmes” Kuhr (of local heroes Zentral Heizung Des Todes) to the coven while helping to build what would become White Wine’s default home, Haunted Haus. “Having our own fully functioning studio,” he points out, “is just an incredible tool to have at our disposal.”

Musically, White Wine feed upon an extraordinarily diverse range of ingredients, including PJ Harvey, Liars, Beak, Suicide, Minute Men, David Bowie, Chuck D and Diamonda Galas. “I like to make music that is played when a cafe is closed,” Haege cackles, “and not when it’s open.” Lyrically, meanwhile, White Wine exhibit Haege’s self-confessed “weird affinity for double entendres. It fits my thinking when attempting to cover the ground of a subject. In a world of art and media overload, and the unyielding barrage of advertising, it’s not easy to find any territory not already well-trodden. Many musicians seek to create music of a fantastic escapism, poetically reframing the harsh reality we’re all forced to swallow every day. It’s an unbelievable skill that I wish I had. However, I’m not one of these. For some weird reason, I have this need to hold onto the sheer madness of existence, all of the suffering and celebrating happening at the same time.”

Watch this space for more from White Wine.

White Wine will play the following live dates:

20 Hamburg, DE – Festival Für Junge Menschen
01 Warsaw, PL – Plac Zabaw
02 Krakow, PL – Greenzoo Festival
03 Leipzig, DE – Wave Gothic Festival
04 Düdingen, CH – Kilbi Festival
16 Mannheim, DE – Maifeld Derby
17 Bojkovice, CZ – Mismas Party
23 Salzburg, AT – Dawn
01 Leipzig, DE – Panometer
06 Hradek Kralove, CZ – Rock For People
07 Trencin, SK – Pohoda Festival
08 Dresden, DE – Schaubuden Sommer @ Scheune
21 München, DE – M 94.5 Birthday @ Feierwerk
05 Luxembourg, LV – Food For Your Senses
12 Haldern Rees, DE – Haldern Pop Festival
14 Winterthur, CH – Musikfestwochen @ Albani
19 Dornstadt, DE – Obstwiesenthal Festival
26 Storkow, DE – Alinae Lumr


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