Karate, Guns & Tanning have shared a surprise new single White Nights that follows on the heels of their ferocious, critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Concrete Beach’ that came out in late March. Released with a circuit-bent music video from Karate, Guns & Tanning’s visual collaborator, the pioneering surrealist motion-designer Andrew Knives (who created music videos for every song on ‘Concrete Beach’). You can watch the video clip for White Nights via YouTube below or stream it here.
Karate, Guns & Tanning is an LGBTQIA-inclusive band whose sound seamlessly melds riot grrrl-influenced shoegaze, post-punk, psychedelic dream pop and new wave in alchemical fashion. White Nights is the first single from the bands’ forthcoming sophomore album, and is an experiment in textures. Featuring big, distorted synths and hypnotic vocals, alongside contrasting tones, bends, screeches, and theremins, the song is both melodically simple, but totally chaotic. Lyrically, the song is about the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, near the Arctic Circle. It’s an eerie annual event where the sun never completely sets, but only reaches a beautiful, creepy twilight every night for months.