Carlina White, a four piece metal band from Burnsville, has become a staple at THE GARAGE, playing here often. Theirs is a lesson in perseverance through the struggles of getting a band clicking: “We probably started 20 different bands under many different terrible names and never really did much.” And the importance of just getting out there and making it happen: “One day our guitarist, Dillon, booked a show under the name Jehovah’s House of Blues Green Card Club. We had to write our entire set in one week and it was as bad as bad can get.” Because then it gets better.
Plenty of us at THE GARAGE can relate to Carlina White’s saga. Probably many of you, too.
Check out the below interview for more, then catch them this Saturday with a great metal line up at THE GARAGE.
THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?
Carlina White: My name is Tristan and I am the vocalist
THE GARAGE: First of all, tell the people: What’s your brand of music and who are the artists that influence Carlina White?
Carlina White: We don’t really have a genre although I refer to us as tech death ass trash. We are influenced by everything. Everybody in the band has very different music tastes ranging from Chief Keef to Inquisition
THE GARAGE: What should the audience expect from your performance this weekend at THE GARAGE? And is there a particular song you’re most excited to play? Why?
Carlina White: Well I (Tristan) love to jump in the crowd a lot and everybody likes to get low and sludgy. We like to think we are energetic and hopefully it rubs off on the crowd. I am super excited to preform Brut4lsauce it is always stuck in my head and I am in love with the chorus.
THE GARAGE: What makes a song good? What song do you consider perfect or which one comes closest?
Carlina White: Effort! If you put a lot into a song, odds are people will see that. There is so much good music Veil of Maya’s album, (ID), is a band favorite, it has not gotten old since the day it came out. Norma Jean’s album, Meridional, is one that I can’t get enough of. Dagger by Vildhjarta, At Las(T) by Structures, The Final Hour by Molotov Solution, and To A Breathless Oblivion by The Black Dahlia Murder are near perfect songs that have definitely influenced us.
THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?
Carlina White: Strobe lights and incense all the way!
THE GARAGE: Excluding THE GARAGE, what’s your favorite venue? Why?
Carlina White: Well we have only played at two. The second one being Station 4 and we love it.
THE GARAGE: This is a different direction, but is there a piece of technology that’s indispensable to you (aside from the obvious, like mics, amps, etc.)?
Carlina White: Strobe lights, coffee maker, and microwaves – that is what makes our band go round.
THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?
Carlina White: Definitely our friends from Last Breath For a Capulet. They are some cool dudes and their music goes so hard!
THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now?
Carlina White: Easy E!
THE GARAGE: Do you have any advice for a fan who wants to start a band?
Carlina White: Do it! The experience is great even for the short time we have been a band. Plus, there is nothing better than playing shows.