The Whitest Boy Alive - Rules [2009]

Genre: Dream Pop, Shoegazing, Folk, Lounge, Electronica, Rock

My opinion & thought: Imagine Daft Punk's drums & bass on background, but more into band sound, and Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler on guitar & Kings of Convenience singing.

Stands out track(s): 1517, Intentions, Timebomb, Dead End

The Whitest Boy Alive is a musical group based in Berlin. The band comprises singer/guitarist Erlend Øye, who is also a member of the band Kings of Convenience, bassist Marcin Öz, drummer Sebastian Maschat, and Daniel Nentwig on Rhodes piano and Crumar.

The Whitest Boy Alive started as an electronic dance music project in 2003 in Jakarta, Indonesia, but have since slowly developed into a band with no programmed elements. Their German record label is Bubbles. Their debut album Dreams was released on June 21, 2006 in Germany. In July 2007, Modular Records signed them to their UK imprint and the band played their first UK performance with New Young Pony Club at the London Astoria in September 2007. The album was released in the UK with the single Burning in November 2007. The band released their second album Rules in March 2009. It was recorded in a newly built studio located on Punta Burros, Nayarit, Mexico.

The band started The Whitest Boy Alive + The New Wine tour in April, 2009, visiting Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden.

  1. "Keep a Secret" (4:08)
  2. "Intentions" (3:39)
  3. "Courage" (4:23)
  4. "Timebomb" (3:44)
  5. "Rollercoaster Ride" (2:40)
  6. "High on the Heels" (3:20)
  7. "1517" (3:41)
  8. "Gravity" (3:49)
  9. "Promise Less or Do More" (4:18)
  10. "Dead End" (3:23)
  11. "Island" (7:04)

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