The Rock City archives: 2012

White Widdow, Rock City Basement

  • Saturday 26th May 2012
  • Supported by: Serpentine + Dante Fox

White Widdow was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 by front man Jules Millis , Bassist Trent Wilson and Guitarist Enzo Almanzi. Soon after, Jules brought in his brother Xavier Millis on the keyboards, a two time ARIA (Australian Record Industry Award) nominee. With Xavier onboard, the writing team was in place and with Jim Naish on drums the line up was complete.

Raised on a healthy diet of 80’s Arena Rock and influenced by artists such as White Sister, Giuffria, Aviator, Survivor, Dokken, Danger Danger, Starship and Australia's own Rick Springfield, Roxus, BB Steal and DeMont. In mid 2009 White Widdow recorded and released their free digital only EP which was very well received in selected press and started to create an interest in the band outside of their native Australia.

In 2010 White Widdow stormed onto the Melodic Rock scene across the globe with the release of their self titled debut album throughout Europe on the AOR Heaven label. The release of the debut was met by the press with rave reviews making it into Classic Rock Magazine's top 10 AOR albums for 2010. An album full of Melodic Rock and AOR anthems filled with swirling keyboards, blistering guitar playing and big choruses full of hooks.

Hot on the heels of their debut, White Widdow returned with their follow up release “Serenade” in September 2011 (AOR Heaven), not even 12 months after the release of the debut! Proud of their 80’s influences, the new album “Serenade” retains the urgency and energy of the White Widdow debut , while also showcasing a more crafted song style and structure. Mixed and Mastered by Pelle Saether (Grand Design) at Studio Underground in Sweden. "Serenade" was heaped with praise by the press as one of the best albums of 2011, gaining 9/10 in both Classic Rock and Powerplay magazines and receiving a 94% on the coveted website

In support of "Serenade", White Widdow hit the road playing festivals and headlining club shows to fanatical fans throughout Europe which saw them tour through Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Greece and England. Along the way performing at HEAT Festival (Germany) and Firefest (UK) and playing alongside artists including Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Steve Auguri (Journey), Unruly Child, Stage Dolls, Keel, Shakra, Strangeways, Silent Rage, Alien, Mitch Malloy, Coney Hatch, Jeff Paris, Kane Roberts and many more.

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