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Reviewed by Luke Winkie, March 15, 2013, Music

White Lung

Sorry (Deranged)

Bare your teeth and write songs like thunderstorms. Noisy Vancouver quartet White Lung fashion serrated hardcore out of rain-soaked squall. Sophomore album Sorry lasts an appetizing 19 minutes; anything more might melt the plastic. Mish Way, who clocks hours as a reputable writer herself, thrives on the ropes, yelling out the demons in "Bag," "Bunny," and "I Rot," while filthy guitars threaten to flay her in two. Scene-anointed punk might be a pretty-boy club but Sorry quakes the ground underneath our tentative feet: dangerous, visceral, undeniably moving. Closer "Dead Beat" lasts only 58 seconds, but it shatters skulls in such a fabulous way. There are cleaner, prettier albums, with more candor and a greater point of view, but White Lung makes few apologies. (1:20am, Holy Mountain; Fri., 10:20pm, Long Center for the Performing Arts)


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