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White Light Cemetery

White Light Cemetery from Louisiana really impressed us recently with their most recent release ‘Careful What You Wish For’. We knew we wanted to know what made the band tick so we asked drummer Thomas Colley to see if he could make some time in his busy, busy schedule for us. Luckily, he was free for a couple of minutes to tell us about the record.

By: Job | Archive under stoner

Hey! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions! Before we start off, how have you been?
Thanks for having us! We've been good.

I feel some introductions would be much appreciated and to avoid me butchering them; would you care introducing the band to the people that might not have heard of you yet?
Sure thing. We are White Light Cemetery from Lafayette, La. I'm Thomas, the one in the back who hits things with sticks. Tara is the cute chick holding down the low end. Ryan is the dude shredding them solos. And Shea is the guy in the front singing and playing his ass off.

You released ‘Careful What You Wish For’ back in January. Has the album been received the way you envisioned?
Absolutely! I'd say even better than expected. The guys at Ripple Music have done an outstanding job of getting it out there into the hands of people who appreciate music like ours.

I personally loved the album for its genuine sound and unrelenting groove, and I’d like to go in-depth with some of the songs that stood out to me, starting out with opener ‘Misery Loves Company’. I feel it really sets the tone for the rest of the album, but what made this song stand out to you in order for it to open the album?
I think you pretty much answered the question yourself. We also felt like it set the tone for the album. It kind of encompasses our sound as a whole. It's not as heavy as some of our songs but it is heavier than our bluesier rock stuff. It's kind of right there in the middle.

I had quite a hard time defining your influences at times. There’s obviously a lot of southern rock and maybe some stoner going on, but I also hear a lot of groove metal and grunge influences. I got this “mellow Pantera” vibe off of ‘Looking Out’. Would you say there’s specific bands you really consider to have influenced your sound?
The some of the biggest ones for us I'd say are Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free, Lynyrd Skynyrd, C.O.C. and their kin.

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’Better Days’ is the shortest song on the album, and possibly one of the catchier ones. Is there things you look out for when you’re writing songs or do you just tend to let the creative juices flow loosely?
Yeah, we're pretty loose. Just drink a few beers and let it happen.

I loved the guitar sound throughout the album, with this great drive and heavy low end rumble, heard very well on ‘Waiting’. What can you tell me about the gear used on the album?
Shea played a Gibson Explorer through an Orange Rockerverb 50 and Orange 412 cab. Ryan used his Dean V through an Orange Thunderverb 50 and Orange 412 cab. Tara has a Gibson Thunderbird through a Mesa Big Block and Peavey 810 cab. And my drums are early 70's Ludwigs with Paiste cymbals.

What can you tell me about the recording process for ‘Careful What You Wish For’ as a whole?
For the most part it was recorded live at Crystal Clear Sound in Dallas with Kent Stump of Wo Fat. We did the eight songs in fourteen takes then went back and overdubbed vocals and guitar solos. A couple days to mix and we were done. We kept it really simple.

I bet you guys put on a great show and I would love to see what the songs sound in a live setting. Any plans of hitting the road and maybe even hitting Europe while you’re at it?
We've got a west coast run shaping up for late summer and hopefully more later in the year. Going to Europe is definitely on our bucket list. It's just gonna take us a little time to work up to that.

Thank you again for taking the time to answer some questions! Is there anything you would like to add in closing?
For anyone who digs our music, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Keep track of us and come check out a live show when we're in your area. And thanks again for having us.

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