Alt-rock group White Summer to play the Prince of Wales Hotel on October 18

Ready for a show: Alternative rock ensemble White Summer will hit the Prince of Wales Hotel for one performance on October 18. Photo: Supplied.
Ready for a show: Alternative rock ensemble White Summer will hit the Prince of Wales Hotel for one performance on October 18. Photo: Supplied.

Alternative-rock group White Summer is about to embark on a brand new adventure. 

The ensemble – featuring vocalist Jimmy Stanfield, guitarist Michael Barnsley, bassist Anthony Zielke and drummer Alex Zielke – will soon hit Bunbury to perform one show at the Prince of Wales Hotel on Thursday, October 18.

Known for its kinetic blend of lo-fi vocals, guitar riffs and hooks, the group is keen to share its sound in music scenes around the country.  

“It’s the first time all of us will be going to Western Australia, for starters, so that’s pretty exciting,” White Summer bassist Anthony Zielke said. 

“We’re pretty keen to see how we will be received.

“We’ll play in Bunbury and Margaret River before going around and seeing the sights.”

For us, playing shows and recording is the reward for all of the writing and recording we do, as well as the saving to pay for the albums

White Summer bassist Anthony Zielke

The group has become a recognisable part of the alt-rock scene over east. 

Producer Burke Reid – known for working with some of Australian music’s biggest names including Peter Garrett, Courtney Barnett, and DZ Deathrays – came on board to help White Summer find its voice. 

The band then followed up sold-out shows by providing support for Ash Grunwald and British India. 

“For us, playing shows and recording is the reward for all of the writing and recording we do, as well as the saving to pay for the albums,” Zielke said.

“As soon as we finish each tour we are busy planning the next one, with a couple of months in between. Playing shows is pretty much why we do it.

“Notoriety kind of creeps up on you, you don’t notice until you play a show and get a whole lot of people through the door.

“It’s part of why we love playing shows and it’s a reward for the hard work, which is really nice.” 

The band’s debut LP, Soul Breaker, came out earlier this year and was met with a glowing response.

“Everyone in the band has wanted to make an album, so it was a massive tick off our bucket lists,” Zielke said. 

“The sound has matured as we have matured.”

Zielke’s advice for aspiring musicians was simple. 

“You just have to start playing, offer to play for free etc.,” Zielke said.

“There’s a snowball effect – the deeper you get into the industry, the more things start to happen.

“You never know what might happen through constantly meeting people.” 

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