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Dave W.
Ego Sensation

The dismal realities, political or otherwise, that are part of our modern world naturally influence our creative voices. It is in this context that White Hills re-evaluated their approach to creating a new album. Having continually refined their sound, pushing the boundaries of psychedelic music, White Hills flipped the script on Stop Mute Defeat. Dave W. and Ego Sensation have brazenly produced an industrially-charged record that pulsates unlike anything they’ve released before.

Hard-line, gritty, and intellectually engaged, Stop Mute Defeat is a New York record through and through. With this in mind, White Hills drafted Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, Afrika Bambaataa) to mix. White Hills recorded with Bisi on two of their previous releases, Frying On This Rock in 2012 and its follow-up So You Are…So You’ll Be, however Stop Mute Defeat is the first time they worked with Martin “The Beast” Bisi in control of the mixing board. A native New Yorker who made his name in the city’s early hip-hop and no-wave scenes, Bisi was attracted to White Hills’ new material for its distinct early-80s Mudd Club feel. A dance hall, drug den, and bar, the Mudd Club was one of New York’s legendary haunts in the late 1970’s. As a center of a distinct art scene the club served as a major influence for White Hills and Stop Mute Defeat’s sound.

Following similar techniques to those propagated by William S. Burroughs (a regular at Mudd Club), Stop Mute Defeat sees White Hills break free from the guitar-driven structure of their earlier releases. Reassigning William Burroughs’ word “cut-up” technique to music, Dave W. and Ego Sensation deconstruct sound clips to create minimalist but rhythmically complex phrases. Title track ‘Stop Mute Defeat’ layers turbocharged bass loops with squalling guitar samples, to create a sound that calls to mind Xtrmntr-era Primal Scream. “If… 1… 2” goes even further down the rabbit hole, oscillating into the experimental electro-sound of early 80s Sheffield, UK band Cabaret Voltaire. Meanwhile the taut brawny grind of ‘Attack Mode’ industrially hardens White Hills’ rock boundaries to tribal densities.

Appalled by the rampant consumerism and the proliferation of ‘post-truth’ mythology, White Hills’ defiant lyricism is at their most philosophically scathing. Condemning doublespeak as “Subliminal seduction…a serenade with a grenade,” the song “Overlord” laments political and economic opportunism, where “In travesty, [there’s always] another dollar to be made.” On “Attack Mode” meanwhile, a clenched-jawed Dave W. channels the perverse cynicism of Throbbing Gristle, throwing scorn on “societies where misogyny leads and the objectification of young girls runs free.” Exposing Western vulgarity in bright light, Stop Mute Defeat is a fearless and necessary denunciation of the political and economic powers that be.

Between the release of 2015’s Walks For Motorists and the making of Stop Mute Defeat, members Dave W. and Ego Sensation took time out to focus on other artistic endeavors instead of keeping up their pace of an album a year. Diving deeper into the world of video, Ego has produced and exhibited a series of “Moving Stills”: videos that imbue static images with a subtle, uncanny motion. In these pieces, realism morphs with itself to create abstract visions. Through Dave W’s obsession with meditation, he was drawn back to his love of form and image, creating a series of sculpturally based hallucinatory abstract paintings in which the viewer is sucked into infinite space. These forays outside of music were instrumental in the shaping of Stop Mute Defeat.

Writing in his seminal postmodern oeuvre Naked Lunch, Burroughs states: “Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.” Rethinking their musical norms, personally and musically diving into uncertain waters, White Hills at once embrace and demonstrate the raw power of such abandon.


White Hills Putting On The Pressure b​/​w Pull Back The Bolt

Puttin' On The Pressure
Pull Back The Bolt

White Hills Stop Mute Defeat

A Trick of the Mind
Importance 101
Attack Mode
Sugar Hill
Stop Mute Defeat

White Hills Pulse b​/​w VI​-​x


White Hills No Game To Play

No Game To Play
Above All
They've Got Blood Like We've Got Blood
Coming For You

White Hills Walks For Motorists

No Will
£SD or USB
Lead the Way
I, Nomad
We Are What You Are
Automated City
Life Is Upon You
Walks For Motorists

White Hills Drives For Pedestrians

Origins IX
Blue Dot
Frying On This Rock
Manimal Tribe
If Memory Serves Me Well

White Hills ODDITY VI: Slogans

Rich Textural Union (Phase One: Scorched Moon)
Rich Textural Union (Phase Two: Midnight Blue)
Rich Textural Union (Phase Three: Spent FIre)
The Electrician
Flavor Grabber (Phase One: Ultra Gold)
Flavor Grabber (Phase Two: Ceylon Orange)
Flavor Grabber (Phase Three: Turn & Turn)

White Hills ODDITY V: Freaky Farm Funk

Ends 1
Ends 2
Ends 3
Ends 4
Ends 5
Ends 6
Ends 7
Ends 8
Ends 9

White Hills So You Are…So You’ll Be

In Your Room
The Internal Monologue
So You Are…So You'll Be
Forever in Space (Enlightened)
Rare Upon the Earth
Mist (Winter)

White Hills Timeless Tracks for Aural Pleasure

False Revolution Toward a Slick Mirror
Chariot Zombie
Under Water

White Hills ODDITY IV: Black Valleys II: Out Psychedelia

Out Psychedelia

White Hills ODDITY III: Basic Information

The Secret Society of Ants
As We Look Inside
Cast The Legion Lightly Upon It's Head
Soft Forlorn Grinding
Before Leaving Earth

White Hills Frying On This Rock

Pads of Light
Robot Stomp
You Dream You See
Song of Everything
I Write a Thousand Letters (Pulp on Bone)

White Hills H​-​p1

The Condition of Nothing
No Other Way
Upon Arrival
A Need to Know
Hand In Hand

White Hills Stolen Stars Left for No One

Drift Away
Nothing Less
Don't Touch Me I'm Bleeding

White Hills ODDITY II: Night Scene On Mill Mountain

Synth Experiment 1
Be Yourself
Synth Experiment 2
Heads On Fire
Synth Experiment 3
Untitled Jam
No Game To Play (Extended Version)

White Hills White Hills

Counting Sevens
Three Quarters
Let The Right One In
We Will Rise
Polvere Di Stelle

White Hills ODDITY: A Look At How The Collective Mind Works

Untitled #7
Untitled #2

White Hills Dead

Oceans Of Sound (Antrønhy ØH Remix)
Another Coming
Red Sun

White Hills A Litte Bliss Forever

Walking Up Hill Against The Wind
My Girl Soars Blind

White Hills Abstractions & Mutations

Midnight In America
Eye to Eye
Caustic Bliss
Untitled #2
Left Behind
A Thousand Points of Light

White Hills Heads on Fire

Oceans of Sound
Return of Speed Toilet
Visions of the Past, Present and Future
Don't Be Afraid

White Hills Glitter Glamour Atrocity

Air Waves
Under Skin or By Name
Spirit of Exile
Somewhere Along the Way
Long Serve Remember
Glitter Glamour Atrocity