White Miles: The Duel (Long Branch Records)

Filthy-minded Austrians bring the noise.

White Miles: The Duel album artwork

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Duos like The White Stripes and Royal Blood have shown that less can be more, but don’t let White Miles’ two-pronged attack give you any preconceptions: this band do things on their on terms.

Self-described as “dirty pole-dance stoner blues”, the Austrian pair drizzle a greasy, strip-club sleaze over their primal clangour. Frontwoman Medina Rekic’s passive/aggressive vocals switch between angelic and angsty, making the voluptuous swagger of In The Mirror and the smoky stonerisms of Insane To The Bone her playgrounds.

Rustic acoustic number Coke On A Jetplane, decorated by rattlesnake percussion, shows an innate diversity but, most tellingly, drummer Hansjörg Loferer’s spoken-word vocal on Heid reveals a vulnerability otherwise unseen beneath their aggression.

You can usually find this Prog scribe writing about the heavier side of the genre, chatting to bands for features and news pieces or introducing you to exciting new bands that deserve your attention. Elsewhere, Phil can be found on stage with progressive metallers Prognosis or behind a camera teaching filmmaking skills to young people.