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Helter Skelter

by Ward White

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"Hearing White in full-on crooner mode, soaring and then almost whispering over John Spiker’s desolately drifting reed organ is pure evil: the calmest moments are the most lurid."

-New York Music Daily

Originally approached by renowned filmmaker Lesley Chilcott to create a "creepy" version of the Beatles staple for her recent Epix docuseries, 'Helter Skelter: An American Myth', Ward broke the legendary proto-metal anthem down to it's desperate, edgy essence; The bare bones arrangement, featuring White's increasingly unhinged vocal delivery, and ghostly reed organ played by Grammy-winning engineer/producer, John Spiker (Tenacious D, Beck), swirls in an ambient drone of white noise, feedback, and backwards guitar.

Says White, "The director loved it, but ultimately it wasn't used" (an alternate Ward White track, 'Dia Luna', appears in episode four.) "I felt it turned out more horror movie than anything else, so Halloween seems right on the money for a release."

Premiering now, in honor of the creepiest day, of the creepiest year in recent memory, 'Helter Skelter'. Happy Halloween!


released October 23, 2020
Ward White - Vocal, Guitars
John Spiker - Reed Organ, Treatments
Recorded & mixed by John Spiker
Mastered by Joe Lambert at JLM
Cover art by Jim Brown
Hellter Skelter ©1968 by John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Sony ATV


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Ward White Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles based art-rock crooner Ward White has released a spate of critically lauded albums that defy easy categorization. Praised for his “superbly lyrical voice” (The New Yorker), his music remains firmly under the mainstream radar. Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh recently invited Ward to join him on Rain Phoenix’s ‘LaunchLeft’ podcast, where he called the prolific songwriter “a poet”. ... more

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