Vancouver’s White Lung have had a busy 2013, playing South by Southwest, Beerland a month later and touring the US frequently. They’re on tour with rapper Antwon, set around Fun Fun Fun Fest. This hectic schedule matches their busy music, tightly wound and ready to explode with hooks. “Sorry,” released last year through Deranged, was somewhat overlooked at first, but people are starting to come around to it. Vocalist Mish Way is also a writer for Vice, which explains some of the snarl of her lyrics, but she also has an honesty most of her peers, in writing and music, lack. It’s punk for the modern age — more conscious than before, but still one hell of a wallop.
American-Statesman: You’re set to go on tour with Antwon, who’s also appearing at the fest. How did this bill come about? What are you looking forward about touring with him?
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Fun Fun Fun preview: The Black Stage
The stage in a nutshell: Punk, punk and more punk (and some metal). The Black Stage is the dark heart of Fun Fun Fun, home to the sort of music the founders themselves were weaned on. Which explains sets from ’90s punk acts Quicksand and Judge, ’80s pop-punks Descendents and the not-Black-Flag-reunion act FLAG as well as up-and-comers White Lung and No Age.
Blasts from the past: X, Refused, the Riverboat Gamblers, Danzig Legacy and Mastodon.
Acts to see
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FLAG: One of two groups that have come from a splintered Black Flag. The group features drummer Bill Stevenson, who played on many of Black Flag’s later albums, early bassist Chuck Dukowski, original Black Flag vocalist Keith Morris, guitarist Dez Cadena, who performed rhythm guitar and backing vocals on Damaged, and Steve Egerton, who plays guitar alongside Stevenson in Descendents (who are also playing Fun Fun Fun Fest). “Without exception the reception has been over the top enthusiastic,” Dukowski said about recent shows. “There is nothing like seeing the swirling mass of the pit from the stage. Amazing.” 8:55 p.m. Friday.
The Men: Brooklyn punk troubadours the Men never sound the same from record to record, and while that might spell “inconsistency” for a lesser band, these dudes have songwriting chops that are suited to the band’s changing of whims. 2:40 p.m. Sunday.
White Lung at FFF
10:15 p.m. Friday at the Mohawk Nites and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the fest.