White Car is an industrial space funk outfit based in Chicago, IL. The duo is comprised of Elon Katz, who writes, records and produces the music and Orion Martin who plays live electronic percussion. The music utilizes classic heavy hitting EBM rhythms and early digital synthesis while integrating ideas of pop sensibility, post-punk funk and minimal synth music. Their debut self-titled EP is a record of eccentric paranoia and restrained emotion, characterized by a voice of hushed stammers and deep obsessive murmurs. The record's lyrical content explores ideas of hypothesized reality and the perceived nature of truth, instinctive desires in relation to the concept of love, and the apathetic guilt of other's mania and pain. The skeleton of the music is created by a solid rhythmic foundation of funk, vintage electro and proto-industrial references. Employing the empty spaces of these grooves is an assortment of spontaneously placed clamorous bursts, chugging analog arpeggios, faux brass sections and layered electronic percussion. Many of the record's sounds might be deemed "unusable" by contemporary production standards, yet White Car discovers ways to make sense of tones like electric piano, sampled turntable scratches, vocal scat and orchestra hits. The humor of the sound palette is deliberately used to identify a caricature of fear and darkness.
“Back last October, we told you about White Car, the “industrial space-funk” duo who tunnel a similar aesthetic to bands like //Tense//, Salem and Gatekeeper, but are a little more gothic and whole lot more menacing. They are awesome, and when we heard they were about to bring out their debut EP on the excellent Rainbow Body Records, we thought we’d ask them to make a mixtape for us.” – Vice Magazine Blog, January 10
“...A blazing throwback to the Wax Trax! aesthetic circa 1987, this local duo captures the sound of industrial music at its apex... White Car were perfectly menacing, complete with a creepy, shirtless singer in a cowboy hat and a Trenchcoat Mafia longhair on keys—they're the best new local band I've seen all year.” – Jessica Hopper in the Chicago Reader, December 09
“It’s not everyday that you stumble upon a band that makes you suddenly recoil, step back, reassume your composure and try to get your head around something unexpected. Well, perhaps that might sound a bit over the top, but Chicago’s White Car knowing mix of electro, club and Prince-like mutated soul strikes me as totally original…” - Don’t Die Wondering Blog, July 09
“… [White Car] play spooky soul music that is more bloodshot than blue-eyed. It's soul music as séance. Morose, mechanized and macabre, these are loveless ballads for guilty ghouls.” – Pinglewood Blog, August 09
“… [White Car] essentially create a time machine with their sounds. Much like DJs like Solvent or Kavinsky, White Car pays no attention to time period, but simple creates danceable funk to keep the crowds moving. There is an element of darkness, spooky horror movie music, but at its root these are soulful electronic creations.” –The Deli Magazine Blog, September 09
“With all the late 70's and 80's electronic revivals that have been well mined over the past decade, very few artists have explored the proto-industrial, early EBM sound quite as effectively as White Car…” – ARAWA Blog, October 09
“ [White Car] rides the post-industrial dark wave with stinging synths and haunted vocals. Something that sounds this right can’t be not right…” –The Walrus Music Blog, October 09