ABOUT ///WHITE WIVES\\\
Lets take a closer look ’behind the scenes’ the story of White Wives a band with 5 awesome, very talented & open-minded musicians – marrying each other’s influences – as #2 said – who wanted to challenge themselves how far they can go with their musical ability.
In this section you can read infos about the band how they started, what kinda influences they used to create this very individual sounding of their music, get to know the band more…so all in all everything that’s White Wives.
White Wives, comprised of Chris #2 and Chris Head from Anti-Flag, Roger Harvey from Dandelion Snow and Tyler Kweder from American Armada, may all have fulltime day jobs, but that didn’t mean this band is a side project or was just another time-filler between albums and tours. White Wives began as a thoughtful, longtime collaboration between friends that took inspiration from the mid-60’s Dutch anarchist Provo movement.
As we all knew Chris ’#2’ Barker & Chris Head obviously have been playing music together for 10 years with Anti-Flag and the meeting with Mr. Harvey goes back to 2003 when Chris #2 met him. At that time Roger went out on Anti-Flag’s Mobilize for Peace tour selling merch for The Code (he had a note from his mom in case any authority figures asked why a 15-year-old kid was in a shitty van). White Wives formed after Roger, sent some of his songs to Chris, a longtime friend and mentor about two years ago. Chris got a batch of demos from him that ended up being his Dandelion Snow record, Grand Scheme Of Things which was produced by #2. Later Chris had the idea of starting something so after he got back from a tour, he gave Roger a call saying,“I know you live in Brooklyn, but I want to come to Pittsburg and join a band with me.” Roger quit his job the next day and came to town, all about a year-and-a-half ago. So these two guys started writing songs and began playing together. The rest of the band met Tyler (Kweder) through #2, who met him a couple years ago, when they played hockey together, after that they become fast friends and #2 brought him into the band as well.
The current lineup for WVS is:
Vocals, Guitar: Chris ’#2’ Barker
Vocals, Guitar: Roger Harvey
Vocals, Guitar: Chris Head
Vocals, Bass: Chris Stowe
Vocals, Drums: Tyler Kweder
Tour member: Josh Massie (Keys, Horn, Vocals)
The band have also been through some changes with the lineup since they formed as their former bassist Andy T. (from The Code) left the band for unknown reasons which after Chris Stowe (from Anniversary Club) joined the band to help out the guys on tour. Later on he officially became the band’s new bassist so now he’s with the band in full time.
Influences from the Provo movement
The Provo movement was a Dutch group of young, fashionable, thoughtful anarchists. There was a sense of confidence in their agenda that Chris#2 think has been lacking. Not necessarily arrogance, but the belief that what they were doing was important. The major aspect about the Provo’s that the band wanted to adopt is their ability to blend their politics with life, love, humor. They stole that idea and incorporated it into their songs. They don’t have a single “political” song, there are ideas discussed, but they took turns in the song, stray from only walking on one path. Just as they don’t have a single “love” song. Wives adds in ideas or statements that corroborate other agendas maybe even from previous songs. So that has a lot to do with their collective writing process.
Chris#2: „The Provo movement is the concept, of politics being personal. We’re bringing that back and saying, “we can write these songs from our perspective. We can have a song that is about challenging the status quo, but it’s also about challenging yourself, or challenging your love life…you know…pushing yourself before you push others.”
Roger: „The idea of making the political more personal and the personal political through a collective community of the arts had a huge influence on us. We found similarities in our vision with that of the Provos. We wanted to use a movement we respect as a symbol for our project. We feel very connected to that metaphor. Kind of as a centerpiece for the record we made.”
Significance behind the band’s name
The Provos had a set agenda they called the White Plans. One of these said plans is the White Wives Plan, where they passed out literature on safe sex, distributed birth control, and in a time where sexual independence was most definitely taboo, they push for people to take their sexuality in their own hands. It was a proposed network of women’s sexual health and family planning centres and sex education in schools.
White Wives aren’t a punk band. They aren’t a melodic hardcore outfit or a pop rock ensemble. Their sound, however, is more driving indie rock. But to be honest if we want to define it simply & shortly we can say, White Wives are White Wives.
To make things clear right at the begining White Wives isn’t just an average band. They could really create somethin new that they haven’t done before in their other work, a unique and catchy sounding that they maybe couldn’t create with their other projects.
As #2 have already said in an interview he’s the noise-maker in the band, so 90% of the noise is coming from him and 90% of the [guitar] melody is coming from Chris Head. Roger plays a very clean guitar, and finger-picks, Chris Stowe is responsible for the bass part and Tyler for the drums.
Not to mention the other instrumental stuff (like plus drum kit and keys) they’re using even at live shows which make those gigs more of an unforgettable experience to their fans. The band really tries to keep their sounding the same – as people can hear it on their album they’ve recorded in the studio – on live shows as well.
Visit their offical website: WeAreWhiteWives.Com
info from the Provo movement taken from http://www.examiner.com/punk-music-in-philadelphia
some info rewritten from: http://mezzic.com/2011/07/19/interview-white-wives-pittsburgh/