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White Rose Movement - Musical Manifesto

Author: Daniel Crichton-Rouse
Thursday, 6 September 2007
London new wave act White Rose Movement have had a loyal following in Australia since the release of their debut album Kick this year. Now they’re briefly hitting Australia. 3D’s Daniel Crichton-Rouse spoke to vocalist Finn Vine.

Are you excited to be supporting Nine Inch Nails- Are you fans-
I’m definitely excited about playing the gigs. I don’t own any NIN records but I remember seeing a live video for a track called March of the Pigs about 10 years ago and thinking it was amazing. Trent is an artist and has conviction. The Johnny Cash cover [of Hurt] proves he’s a great songwriter too.

Kick was released in the UK at the beginning of last year, while it has only been out in Australia for a few months. Is it strange to be touring the side of the world playing these songs to fresh faces-
Fresh faces bounce a fresh enthusiasm.

There’s a song on the album called Luna Park. Any relation to the iconic Sydney fun park-

Yeah, it references the fun park indirectly… The gaping clown face… Faded glamour… I love it. I was in Sydney for millennium. I ended up at a party around [at] Jason Donovan’s hotel out of my mind. I don’t know why. Dishevelled soap stars and lysergic insanity. Fun times.

My favourite track is London’s Mine. What’s the story behind the lyrics “Take that chance/One more time/Shout it clear/London’s mine”-
It was written after a fight at a party. The lyrics are territorial.

Are you working on a new record yet- If so, how is it going and are you working with anyone-

We are working on new material by ourselves at the moment. It sounds really exciting.

Before WRM, you ran a club called Dazzle and hosted the likes of M.I.A. and Chris Cunningham – what’s you interest in dance/club music-
Dance music has been as relevant as any other genre of music since its conception… to Disco...to Detroit techno...to new order…to etc…. And the thing is it’s not only dance music that gets played in clubs… Chris plays stuff like Jesus and Mary chain and everyone loves it. I got very bored of faceless dance music. DJs are horrifically over paid.

You’ve played in the UK with Cut Copy. What’s your relationship with Australian artists- What do you expect from your upcoming Oz tour-
Well, you gave us Mr Nick Cave, which we will be eternally grateful. I have no pre-conceptions of the Oz tour. A bit of pineapple in my burger… But I can’t wait. See you soon!

WHO: White Rose Movement
WHAT: Support Nine Inch Nails at Luna Park and Hordern Pavilion / Play Candy’s
WHEN: Saturday 15 September and Sunday 16 / Tuesday 18
MORE: myspace.com/whiterosemovement


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