Members of Jagwar Ma and Warpaint contribute to White Shadows album

The Vines' Craig Nicholls and Empire Of The Sun's Nick Littlemore announce 'Secret of Life' album plans

The Vines‘ Craig Nicholls has revealed album plans for his new project, White Shadows.

The Australian musician has teamed up with Empire Of The Sun and Pnau member Nick Littlemore for the project. Debut album ‘Secret Of Life’ is set for release on April 13. The album was produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and also features appearances from over 40 other musicians, including Jim Moginie from Midnight Oil, Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint, Touch Sensitive, Kirin J Callinan, Jono and Gab from Jagwar Ma.

Littlemore has said of the project. “I thought it would be so cool to make an electronic record with someone with such a wild, colourful voice. We got in touch and it turned out he had this collection of songs he’d written. The music was very strong, very simplistic. So we talked about it a fair bit – what he wanted to do with it and where it could go.”


After meeting, the pair recorded ‘Give Up Give Out Give In’, which is the first track to be revealed from White Shadows. You can listen to the track below now.

Launay says of the album: “On first listen, if you’re not paying attention, it’s a very happy record. Yet the lyrics are very dark. I hope people don’t listen to it and think it’s just a pop record. It’s not, it’s adventurous and actually the opposite to all those kinds of pop records. And I think that’s what makes it very special.”

The track was co-produced by Littlemore and his younger brother Sam, who is associated with Australian bands including Peking Duk and Parachute Youth. ‘Give Up Give Out Give In’ was originally recorded by The Vines as a B-side to the 2006 single, ‘Don’t Listen To The Radio’.

Last year, The Vines returned with their sixth album, a double album ‘Wicked Nature’ which featured 22 tracks and was produced by Nicholls. The singer and guitarist was joined by two new band members in drummer Lachlan West and bassist Tim John. White Shadows is the first project Nicholls has undertaken outside of The Vines.