White Fence's trippy, distortion-laced, psychedelic pop-influenced tunes (sounding, in other words, something along the lines of a warped cassette tape featuring the Left Banke or Merry-Go-Round) are the brainchild of Timothy Presley (also a member of the like-minded groups Strange Boys and Darker My Love). The project's self-titled debut was released on the Woodsist label in the spring of 2010. For the project's next release, 2011's White Fence Is Growing Faith, Presley didn't change much and the album followed the same sometimes goofy, always trippily tuneful template of the debut. Also in 2011, White Fence released a live cassette (Live in LA) on Teenage Teardrops and a single (Harness/The Pool) for Afterlife Records. Presley must have spent all his free time recording as well, seeing how the first half of 2012 was overrun with White Fence records. Family Perfume, Vol. 1 was released in April, Family Perfume, Vol. 2 was released in May, both by Woodsist, and a collaboration with fellow West Coast garage rocker Ty Segall, Hair, came out in April on Drag City.
The next album was meant to be a collection of older tracks that had yet to see the light of day, but Presley changed his mind partway through and 2013's Cyclops Reap became a batch of his most recently recorded tracks. White Fence weren't just a one-man bedroom project though; they were able to translate their sound to a stage with a live-wire energy. Their first live record, Live in San Francisco, which featured Jack Adams and Sean Presley on guitar, Jared Everett on bass, and Nick Murray on drums, proved this to those unlucky enough to have never seen them live. It was released by Castle Face in late 2013. The next White Fence recording found Presley leaving the bedroom and heading out to Ty Segall's garage, where the two friends recorded For the Recently Found Innocent for new label Drag City. Segall and Murray handled the drums, Mikal Cronin played piano on one song, and Presley did everything else as per usual. ~ Margaret Reges
Gliding past ghostly statues of mythic entities and through the mist into the present world, Tim Presley's White Fence shed their multicolored-shroud for a heartfelt yet enigmatic, cycle of songs about losing the thing that's killing you that you love in order to gain the thing that makes you love what you love, with loads of Heartbreakers and other new pop classix.
Tuesday 20th August 2019
Price: £13 adv