London quartet, White Kite, take inspiration from the broody trip-hop feel of 90s stalwarts Portishead and Massive Attack and there is a sense of drama in the band's sound that beautifully complements an ear for a hook, which is clearly present in their songwriting.

White Kite's tracks, 'Swans' and 'Curtain Call', caught The 405's attention and we spoke to frontman, Louis Shadwick, to find out more about the band's background and their plans for the future.

Hi Louis. How did White Kite first start out as a band?

The three of us met at school - Tom and I were pretty much the only ones in our year who wanted to make music and not just listen to it, so we started hanging out and jamming all the time. Tom and Will are twins and back then they had a very DIY studio in the basement of their parents' house, which we spent most of our teens in. A couple of years ago we moved in together and started messing around with synthesizers and electronics. The first few songs in that vein led us to start White Kite.

How are the song-writing duties split within the band?

I'm usually the one writing the songs and producing them, but I constantly play off Tom and Will's ideas. Often tracks will develop from the initial demos when we play them live together. Some songs can be entirely written in my bedroom in one sitting, or they'll be more collaborative efforts that take weeks or months to finish - there's no set process.

You have one sentence with which to summarise White Kite's sound. Go!

Alt-pop for introverts.

You chose 'Swans' as your calling card. What was it about that song?

It was the song that felt like the jumping off point. It was a new sound for us and was the first track that came about almost entirely using synths rather than guitars. It had a good energy to it, and we knew we wanted our first single to be one that lifted people.

Can you describe your working routine as a band?

Most of the time it's pretty unstructured. We try not to see it as 'work' as it's always just been the natural way to spend our time. Obviously sometimes you have do have to work to tighter schedules and deadlines... but the most important thing for us is that we keep enjoying it.

You've recently finished your first UK tour - what was that experience like for you?

It was a great feeling to get on the road and play some of our songs in front of crowds for the first time. Tom and Will built a light for the live shows - essentially a big flashing light box in the shape of the 'Swans' artwork - which we brought up and down the country with us and people seemed to really dig. We ended the tour with a vinyl launch at Birthdays in London and it was our favourite show we've played so far. The crowd was amazing - they were so supportive!

What is your latest track,'Curtain Call', about and how did the song begin its life?

With 'Curtain Call' the music came first. I was playing with this mental synth called Synplant and ended up with these heavy doom-laden chords, which seemed to almost write the lyrics themselves. It's about calling time on a relationship that's run its course.

How important are visuals to you?

I think turning a song into a video is an important moment as it makes you really think about what that track is and what it's trying to say. Our video for 'Swans' was a simple idea - cutting up and merging our different faces - but we wanted to get across the schizophrenic vibe of the lyrics and introduce the band. The best videos for us are the ones that you can't think of the song without - the ones that totally capture the mood of the song and the artist's personality.

Are there any musicians or bands you particularly look up to or draw inspiration from?

In terms of songwriting, Elliott Smith is a real hero of mine. He kept his songs so personal and raw but always had hooks and such tightly written structures. The later, stranger Talk Talk albums have been a massive inspiration to all of us from day one. We're all big Radiohead fans and listen to a ton of electronic music. I grew up mostly on jazz and rock music - my dad was a saxophonist and played in an Australian rock group so my house was always full of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins.

What's next for the four of you?

We're putting out new music in May and getting ready to play a few festivals this summer. We're constantly working on new tracks - there's dozens of demos kicking around that we'd love to whittle down into an album one day. That's the long-term goal. For now we're just focusing on making 2017 a good one for us.

'Swans' / 'Curtain Call' is out now on vinyl and digital via LTD LTD. White Kite play at Live at Leeds on April 29th April and The Great Escape on May 18th.