White Ring have revealed the first single Leprosy from their debut album Gate of Grief ahead of a Manchester Academy gig supporting God Is An Astronaut.

Dark and brooding, Leprosy was the first track which White Ring penned for the album, with Bryan Kurkimilis commenting, “This song was the first time we really wanted to start exploring aggression in our music.”

Gate of Grief is due for release on 22 June via Rocket Girl Records a full eight years since White Ring’s EP Black Earth That Made Me sold out almost instantly following release.

White Ring were originally formed by Bryan Kurkimilis and Kendra Malia, before they were joined by Adina Viarengo, with Bryan and Adina currently touring as a duo. One of the most acclaimed proponents of the “Witch House” movement, White Ring blend heavy, distorted electronics with eerie, unsettling vocals.  However, their new material, created over the course of seven years, pushes the boundaries further, subverting genre ideas and mashing them all together, with industrial, metal, rave, chopped and screwed, rap, grunge, neo folk, post punk and new wave all in the mix.  As Bryan explains; “We treat our influences like tools to create a certain feeling. We are interested in covering more ground than sticking to a certain formula.”

When do White Ring perform at Manchester Academy?

White Ring perform at Manchester Academy on 20 May 2018, supporting God Is An Astronaut.