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Vintage Heavy Riff-Rockers WHITENAILS debut new video for single “Shanghaied” via Metal Injection

Vintage Heavy Riff-Rockers WHITENAILS debut new video for single “Shanghaied” via Metal Injection

Canadian outfit prep for first North American tour with WHORES, BLACK TUSK in August, plus

dates with GOZU and stops at RPM Fest and SMoD Fest

Canadian heavy stoner rock sextet WhiteNails released their first album, First Trip, in 2017, an album that was ranked #5 on Magnet Magazine‘s Best Hard Rock Releases of 2017 and honorably mentioned on The Obelisk‘s Top Debut Albums for that year.

The band isn’t ready to just move on from that stunning debut, instead releasing a brand-new video for the single “Shanghaied” this week.

The video premiered with Metal Injection here in advance of WhiteNails’ first foray across their southern border, when they’ll hit the road all next month opening for co-headliners Black Tusk and WHORES.throughout the eastern United States.

Talking about the song “Shanghaied,” guitarist/songwriter Taylor Johnson says:

“The song shanghaied is about the tension I felt looking at the politics going on in the USA and about how I generally see people treat each other. It’s really hard with social media and what we are shown on the news news to be constantly bombarded with such hate and intolerance. Its really just a snapshot of the tension and anxiety of observing such.”

WhiteNails has made rapid progress since rising from the heavy rock underground barely two years ago.

In addition to the accolades received for their debut LP, guitarists Johnson and Danahé Cote both became endorsed artists, with Johnson chosen as a brand ambassador for Laney Amplification, and both tapped to represent PureSalem Guitars.

WhiteNails will also offer their cover of “Waiting for the Worms” on Magnetic Eye Records’ upcomingTHE WALL [REDUX], the massive re-imagining of the iconic Pink Floyd album, alongside heavyweights like The Melvins, ASG, Pallbearer, Mark Lanegan, Ruby the Hatchet and Sasquatch.

Talking about the past year and a half and the upcoming tour, Johnson continues:

“I’ve felt like I was going to have a nervous breakdown more than once.  The last two years have been a whirlwind and I feel incredibly lucky and blessed for what has developed so far. We recorded 5 songs and put it on the internet with zero expectations, three months later we signed to two different labels and now we are doing a North American tour. I’m still not fully sure how we got here to be honest. We were approached last January asking if we were looking for a booking agent. We knew that something was coming but thought it was going to be weekend warrior type stuff and then ramp up to something bigger. Then we were offered the tour with Black Tusk and Whores, but we’d have to do every date. We had just over two months to apply for visas, buy a van, restock merch, and every other detail that goes along with leaving your jobs for a month to go and play music every night and hope you still have a job when you get back. It’s been an insane experience already and we haven’t even left yet!  But we can’t wait to hit the road and share these songs and hope people dig it.”

Catch WhiteNails on tour this August and September, including several festival appearances:

Gozu / WhiteNails

  • 8/4/ Portland, ME @ Geno’s Rock Club w/Gozu
  • 8/5 Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Diner w/Gozu
  • 8/6 Providence, RI @ Alchemy w/Gozu

Black Tusk / WHORES. / WhiteNails

  • 8/9 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl **
  • 8/10 Lexington, KY @ The Green Lantern **
  • 8/11 St Louis, MO @ Fubar **
  • 8/12 Omaha, NE @ Stoned Meadow Of Doom
  • 8/14 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club **
  • 8/15 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
  • 8/16 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
  • 8/17 Canton, OH @ Buzzbin
  • 8/18 Columbus, OH @ Space Bar
  • 8/19 Hamtramck, MI @ Small’s
  • 8/20 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
  • 8/22 Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
  • 8/23 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
  • 8/24 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
  • 8/25 Montague, MA @ RPM Fest
  • 8/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
  • 8/28 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
  • 8/29 Washington DC @ DC9
  • 8/30 Charleston, WV @The Bakery
  • 8/31 Wilmington, NC@ Reggies 42nd Street
  • 9/01 West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
  • 9/02 Asheville, NC @ Heavy MTN Festival **
  • ** = no WHORES.

WhiteNails formed when guitarist Taylor Johnson (ex-Atomis) relocated to Quebec, met local tattoo artist and guitarist Danahé Cote and agreed to jam in Cote’s “side project.” Within six months, the electric six-piece, who plays amped-up heavy rock roll full of massive riffs and vintage swagger, was opening for The Sword and Royal Thunder in testament to the group’s undeniable chemistry.

Check out Metal Injection’s stream of WhiteNails’ anthemic “Done and Gone” here.

“Like a fever dream where Black Sabbath, Kyuss, and Jimi Hendrix decide to form a band, WhiteNails proudly displays a sweaty good time in each distorted note… a really enjoyable record.” – NEW NOISE

“WhiteNails is a six man band that excels in creating some fantastic groove-oriented heavy rock ‘n roll, with fuzzy riffs and stirring rhythms. Everything on WhiteNails’ ‘First Trip‘ provides an enthralling adventure of exploration and eventual sonic bliss.” – RIFF RELEVANT

“They seem to take a page out of the Swedish stoner-rock playbook here, with just a touch of Danzig…especially in the vocal department. The closest comparisons I would draw to WhiteNails hail from across the pond—Truckfighters, Graveyard, maybe a bit of Lowrider, yet with some of the radio-friendly sensibilities of Priestess.” – HELLBOUND

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