It’s out! Filmed entirely on location in Kabul, Afghanistan – it’s the official video for Space Cadet.
The pretty ugly faces of White City before and after their performance at Sound Central 2013 – See below for GIF
Thousands of people passed through the third annual Sound Central festival – the only alternative arts and music festival, not only in Afghanistan, but the entire central asian region. We were lucky enough to play twice – once on women’s day and once on the third day of the festival with our brothers-in-arms, District Unknown, aka the only metal band in Afghanistan.
It was a challenge going on after the hometown favourites, DU with their brand of ultra-aggressive and infectious psychedelic-doom groove. The audience was tired out and left the auditorium for a well-earned break. But within two songs, we got them back.
You never know what the reaction might be from a group of (mostly) young men, who haven’t grown up going to gigs, let alone learned mosh pit etiquette or rocked out to a frontwoman, who isn’t provocative or girly, but in-your-face and energised. Perhaps surprisingly for some who don’t know Kabul, but not surprising to us, we received a hyped-up reception of jubilation and respect.
Sound Central is a safe environment where young people – musicians, artists, performers or just fans – can come and express themselves freely without judgement. In an often closed society, where perception is everything, this is something that’s lacking. There are no youth clubs here and young people are expected to become adults very quickly. Sound Central isn’t about changing Afghan culture, in fact it’s letting Afghans take the lead and tell the world what they want. It’s allowing us all to have options. It’s allowing us to see past the media bias and see this country as full of potential and fully paid-up members of the human race.
Enjoy the gallery.
It takes a few years of being in Afghanistan to realise what a rare and special picture this is. Photo by Ellie Kealey
We went onstage to an audience of 450 screaming girls at the first day of Sound Central Festival 2013, which was a special day for women only. We never could have predicted that hundreds of Afghan teenaged girls would be jumping up and down in their seats, telling their teachers “no, we won’t sit down” and general screaming blue murder. From our first song – “Drive By Nandos” to our last, “Last Plan”, the energy from the audience drove us into a frenzy. Incredible. The boys have a lot to live up to.
White City are back in the studio. We’re playing two sets at the groundbreaking Sound Central Festival, the only alternative music and arts festival in Afghanistan. Expect half an hour of pure, sweaty punk rock – what White City does best. Check out the line-up posters, freshly delivered to White City’s House of Rock.
White City guitarist, Travis Beard, is behind the third annual alternative music and arts festival in Kabul, Afghanistan. The line-up was announced today with White City playing twice and our good friends, District Unknown. Follow Sound Central’s Twitter feed @SCFTravisBeard and the Sound Central Festival facebook page.
White City are far from the only band in Kabul. There’s a burgeoning music scene full of talented Afghan and international musicians in Kabul and beyond throughout the Central Asian region.
The Sounds Central Festival [SCF] was the result of 5 years of local music scene empowerment, centred on an expats band White City, whose members rapidly discovered among some of their young fans an urge to start their own music projects. With little institutional backing up until the very event, the Kabul music scene kept away from any open political positioning.