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White Lung

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By Luke Winkie, Fri., Nov. 8, 2013

White Lung

"The right answer is to act all modest and be like, 'Oh, I'm just doing what I do and not thinking.' But that's bullshit. Frontpeople are frontpeople because they're fucking frontpeople. You know? We chose to stand up in the front and be 'the face' for a reason. If there are like five girls who look up to me, that's great."

That's Mish Way, frontwoman for Vancouver hardcore pop trio White Lung.

"There needs to be more strong alpha females out there who question culture and own their sex appeal and call out bullshit and have fun. Don't you miss bands like L7? There was never another band like L7.

"Ugh, sorry," she pauses. "All my idols are old now. And I'm old."

She's not old. White Lung's been playing since 2006, but it's only been the last couple of years that they've garnered international attention. They've crossed over to indie-rock adoration, and much of that has to do with Mish Way. Her siren hair and rain-soaked voice remain a one-of-a-kind experience. There's a lot being expected of White Lung.

"Yes, I'm always aware of that," she acknowledges. "But I don't let it ruin me. We're working on our new record and we have made some huge changes internally and everything is kind of crazy right now, but compared to other people's lives this is not stressful. My life is hardly difficult."

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