Formed in 2011 in Australia, White Miles are a blues/stoner rock duo comprising of Medina on guitar/vocals and Lofi on drums.
Their latest offering is album number two, entitled ‘The Duel’ which they describe as ‘dirty pole dance stoner blues rock’, an interesting genre if one existed, and now it does :-)
They have just come off a run of European dates supporting Eagles Of Death Metal, and have toured with The Answer and Courtney Love amongst others.
‘Sickly Nerves’ is the opening track, and this has some serious vocal work from Medina, full of the blues emotion, yet delivered like a sledgehammer over the crunching drums and guitar work.
I’m not usually a fan of stripped down bands, Royal Blood and The White Stripes do nothing for me, but this release had me intrigued on how they could make it work, and make it work they do, from the blues infused ‘Crazy Horse’ and the excellent ‘A Good Pennyworth’ through to the more stoner ‘Insane To The Bone’ this album packs a punch.
The heaviest song on this album is ‘A (n) Garde’. Medina’s guitar kicks in with a massive amount of heavy distortion before Lofi’s drums build up and kick off into a powerful dynamic pounding rhythm. This is as near to The White Stripes as they get, however were Jack and Meg would have dropped down and simplified the track, Medina and Lofi kick it up. Medina delivers a powerful droning guitar to complement Lofi dynamic beats.
There are a couple of experimental spoken word tracks on here, “Heid” is spoken over a neat little drum/guitar groove while ‘Don’t You Know Him’, is only fifty seven seconds long and only features Lofi using spoken word to create a dark disturbing soundscape.
‘River of Gold’ is very radio friendly, just a straight forward blues rock number and the final song ‘Keep Your Trippin’ Wild’ has Medina and Lofi duet the bluesy opening before the track moves up a gear.
The Dual sees Medina and Lofi go head to head, using their instruments and voices in a monumental battle of musical expression. The only winner here though is the listener, who is enveloped in this brilliant devilish piece of work.
01. Sickly Nerves
02. In The Mirror
03. Crazy Horse
04. Insane To The Bone
05. A Good Pennyworth
06. Coke On A Jetplane
07. A(n) Garde
09. Don’t You Know Him
10. River Of Gold
11. Keep Your Trippin Wild
Medina Rekic – guitar, vocals
Hansjörg Loferer-Lofi – drums