White City formed in 2006 in Kabul, Afghanistan, playing in and around the local Kabul community, for both ex-pats and locals.
In 2009 we met an up and coming indie rock band called Kabul Dreams and became friends. Shortly after we met Afghan metallers, District Unknown. We built a studio at our home and welcomed these bands to rehearse there. Then we decided to put together a battle of the bands concert at our own expense at a special venue so both Afghans and foreigners could both enjoy the music. Kabul Dreams walked away with the top prize.
The success of the night inspired our guitarist, Travis Beard, to create Sound Central Festival, an annual event showcasing international and local bands with a majority being Afghan talent, which allowed 1000s of Afghan youth to experience art and music in a safe environment with an entire day each year dedicated to Afghan women.
The rapid growth of the Afghan rock scene has astounded and delighted us and is a testimony to the talent and commitment of Afghan artists.
White City have never claimed to be Afghan. In fact on our website it specifically says we are not Afghan. But we formed, evolved and based ourselves in Afghanistan over 8 years. When SXSW invited us to play and asked which country we were coming from, there was only one truthful answer.
We’re very privileged to have been able to contribute to building the Afghan rock scene and we continue to support, and consider friends, bands like Morcha, White Page, District Unknown and Kabul Dreams among many others.
It saddens us greatly that the lead singer of the unnamed rock band quoted in a recent Al Jazeera article is angered by a matter of semantics. We have worked hard over several years to share stages with local Afghan bands and invite all fans, Afghan and international, to our gigs.
We wish all musicians who work and play in Afghanistan the best and we look forward to sharing a stage with Kabul Dreams at SXSW this month. As Rolling Stone quoted in an article on Sound Central Festival in 2011, “Peace, Love and Amplifiers”. White City.
For everyone who came down tonight, for everyone who couldn’t make it – our next gig is on Saturday at Aussies Grill and Beach bar at 306 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704. FREE ENTRY
28 February – Leftfield, New York, NY
1 March – Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton, PA
2 March – Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
4 March – The Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh, NC
7 March – Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
11 March – Super Happy Fun Land, Houston, TX
13 March – SXSW Showcase at Metal and Lace aka Headhunters Patio, Austin, TX
15 March – Aussies Grill and Beach Bar, Austin TX
“masterful songwriting that will excel White City into the limelight.. all… around the world” – fantastic review of landlocked from the folks at Rokonnection Records. Read it in full HERE
Ru talks band origins and the driving forces behind White City in this exclusive interview with Review Fix
Here’s a little taste of what awaits you on the 2014 Landlocked tour. Watch our new live video down below on YouTube.
Check out the poster for our 4th March gig at the Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh, NC. It’s courtesy of the great Eleveneleven