Peter F. White: Legend in My Loungeroom
By Tony Parker
Originally an Oz based drummer working with, amongst others, Shanley Del, Peter White moved to Invercargill in '95, decided to take up guitar and set about learning enough songs to start performing in local restaurants. Songwriting became the next challenge and evolving out of that is this collection of tuneful acoustic pop songs that explore love, friendship and a sense of belonging. With White's agreeable vocal style the overall impression is that of a Kiwi David Gray. Expertly played fiddle, keyboard sax and flute add necessary colour to the basic acoustic sound, making for a pleasant if somewhat undemanding listen. Mid-tempo opener Don't Wanna Go Today makes all the right folk/rock moves while Care For You bounces along nicely. But not everything works, with the soft funk of Symphony of Laughter sounding dated, Millennium's sentiments a little too cliched and Geniuses trying too hard at being political commentary. Still it's a confident beginning and White seems to have made the shift from drummer to singer/songwriter with ease. Available from 869 North Rd, Lorneville, RD6, Invercargill.