Opting to record White Ink completely live and true, Presley has crafted his most unprecedented work to date. With tube amps cooking hot and inspiration flowing fast, John explains White Ink was captured in a single 8-hour run at Toe Rag Studios with Liam Watson (The White Stripes, The Kills, Tame Impala) whilst on a rare break from tour.
“Recording at that hallowed space in London gives you a limited spectrum as you don’t have a thousand plugins to play with or hours to kill. It’s very performance based and the truest sound I’ve ever heard of myself.”
Lyrically, White Ink looks at that certain type of enduring love that survives whatever life throws at you. With tracks like ‘Come To Me’ contemplating the toils of the road as incredible European scenery passes you by in an instant, where ‘Come Calling’ see’s Presley malcontent and striving for more, personally, musically and artistically, before the low warbles of ‘Sweet Superstition’ come to terms with loss, death and missing friends.
Citing Son House’s Mississippi Delta blues and Mogwai’s dissonant tunings and drones as influences in equal measure, Presley’s no-frills approach to the blues is rooted in his distinguished record collection and penchant for vintage guitars, approaching the White Ink session heavily armed with a Tele, Hofner and Gibson all frying through his trusted Wem Dominator amp.
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