Since the early 2000s, London, ON musician Mercedes Lander has been known as the drummer of Canadian female metal band Kittie. In more recent years, she’s also been drumming in psychedelic rock band the Alcohollys, as well as on tour for Jennie Vee. Now, she’s set her focus on The White Swan, which sees Lander stepping out from behind the drum kit and into the front-woman role. Musically, the new band is also a departure from Lander’s previous work, as The White Swan perform a sludgy, synth-rock-tinged style of crushing doom. As well as playing shows consistently, the band are set to release their new three-song EP, titled The White, on June 9 which follows their late-2016 debut, Anubis.
The White carries on where Anubis left off, featuring fuzzy guitars and heavy captivating riffs, along with dreamy synths and Lander’s stunning, soaring vocals. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Lander took the time to discuss how The White Swan came to be and the writing and recording process for their new EP. She also talks about what it’s like to be stepping out of her comfort zone, offers some insight into her lyrical approach and more.