‘White Male Actors’ are a three piece band from Strabane, which formed in late 2012. The band consists of Mark Donnelly on drums, David McGaughey on guitar and supplying the bands lulling vocals, and Pete Devine on guitar.
Having already received the seal of approval from rock legends R.E.M. and having caught the attention of various British producers Gavin Monaghan (Kings of Leon, Editors, Robert Plant) and Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Mel C, Catatonia) the band are clearly making waves and on course for great things, with both producers hoping to work with them on future projects. Which comes as no surprise as there is an undertone of the Manic Street Preachers’ style rippling through the tracks, particularly on ‘Mysteries and Histories’.
It’s difficult to mistake the similarity between David McGaughey’s voice and that of Michael Stipe of R.E.M. whom the band have been heavily influenced by. David manages to hold the same lament fuelled tone as Stipe, without the R.E.M. front man’s indecipherability and lack of articulation which leaves a hallow effect having enjoyed the catchy melodies yet clueless as to what their songs were actually about. It’s not often that you listen to a band and immediately detect their musical tastes and influences, yet ‘White Male Actors’ maintain the same mid tempo, near folk sounding tracks as R.E.M. but complemented by the fact that their lyrics are engaging, poignant and uplifting particularly in ‘This is your time’.
Having already had radio play on BBC Radio One after headlining at the Sound City festival in Liverpool in May, landing a featured artist slot on Kings of A&R blog along with making an appearance on Roisin on TG4. Definitely a band you’ll want to keep an eye on, with an over all polished sound not typical of a first EP, one can but imagine what lies in store on the follow up.
Their debut EP ‘Ghosts’ was released through ‘Broken Melody Records’ on the 20th of October, 2014.
Why should you listen to them? Because they have that same fresh alternative rock sound as those mid nineties bands, notably R.E.M., Placebo and Manic Street Preachers, who broke the mould and brought the genre onto regular radio stations and with it caused an influx of popularity to the category.