New Album I Had The Best Of It For A While Is Out Now Via Bandcamp.
Ever since the leaving his previous band The Taos Hum, Mansura, Louisiana native Marcus Lemoine has been plying his Melvins meets Neurosis trade under the nom de musique of White Spot. Considering there is just the one of him recording all of the instruments and vocals, it is a surprisingly formidable, forceful, and loud cacophony of noise rock melded seamlessly with sludge metal. Truly remarkable stuff. Over the last 18 months, Lemoine has released a succession of albums and EPs, each of which is rawer, sludgier, dirtier, and more intimate than the last, culminating in his latest, and finest, effort I Had The Best Of It For A While, released earlier this month.
Marcus recently took the time to chat with Overblown for a bit. We discussed his pride at White Spot’s ability to induce migraines, his musical influences, and the home spun wisdom of his father-in-law.
Read and listen below.
Overblown: Thanks for taking the time to talk to Overblown. One reviewer commented that they could only take 39 seconds of each of your songs before it gave them a migraine. Does that make you proud?
White Sport: I actually created the album with the intention of inducing migraines, but only if you specifically listen to 39 seconds of each track in succession. It’s quite incredible that a listener found the hidden length to which one must sustain the preconceived frequency so quickly. Am I proud? Sure, but more than anything I’m impressed at this prodigious auditory sleuth.
O: Tell us how White Spot came about?
WS: White Spot started because I have the bare bones equipment and knowledge to record, and the persistent need to create. Around a year and a half ago I dropped out of the last band I was in called The Taos Hum, because I just didn’t have the time to dedicate to it anymore. After a month or so of not being musically creative, the itch started. Before I knew what was happening, I was halfway done with my first album.
O: What influences you musically? I can hear shades of bands ranging from Neurosis to Nirvana.
WS: I have influences from all over the place. Everything from Daughters to Have A Nice Life. Joanna Newsom, Hella, The Microphones, Talk Talk, Aphrodite’s Child, Whores., Electric Wizard, Young Widows, Viet Cong, the list goes on. One way or another, I’ll hear a small guitar lick from Harvey Milk, or vocal melody from Swans and the ideas start spreading. By the time I’m done writing, it sounds either very little or nothing like the initial influence, and only I know exactly where the song stemmed from.
O: What happened to the child on the cover of I Had The Best For A Little While?
WS: That is a progress picture of the half healed face of my son, Isaac. My wife was making tea and the pitcher of hot water broke at the same time Isaac ran up to investigate what was going on. They both got a hefty dose of scalding water. It was not a fun incident to say the least. I was super paranoid about Isaac’s face scarring, so I took progress pictures every day to compare and reassure myself that it was healing appropriately. I remember taking one, looking at it, and noticing how much it looked like an album cover. He healed up quickly and completely with zero scarring.
Isaac has a white spot in his hair that he inherited from my father-in-law, which is where the name White Spot came from. I Had The Best For A Little While is one of the last things my father-in-law, the other “white spot”, told his wife who was at the time dying of cancer. It was so simple, beautiful, and perfectly descriptive of how we all felt, that it always stuck with me. So much of this album has, in one way or another, some connection to a “white spot”. I feel like everything I do has to have some type of real connection or meaning to my life, or it just ends up feeling hollow. Even if no one will know but me.
O: How would you say your music has changed since your first release Terms of Venery, which was released August 2014?
WS: Terms of Venery was when I was fresh out of a grindcore/deathcore band. That album has a ton of those influences. The album after that, Father Songs., was when I really started to make music without trying to adhere to a set genre. The more music I make, the more I just let whatever happens, happen. I’m really happy with how I Had The Best For A Little While came out. My sound is ever evolving, and I’m already excited to see how the next release will turn out.