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Crystal Bullets / King Tears

    Having released 10 albums since their debut in 2008, it’s hard to believe that ‘Crystal Bullets b/w King Tears’ is the first ever 12” single from “The last great Rock’n’Roll band” (The Guardian). It contains White Denim’s first new music since the lockdown 30-day-album project ‘World As A Waiting Room’.

    ‘Crystal Bullets’ was inspired by the groove of the great Bernard Purdie and the signature chopped and screwed production techniques of Houston, Texas’ late great DJ Screw. The final minute features the most sublime harmonised sax solo you’ll ever hear, leaving you wishing this was more than just a 2 track 12”…

    White Denim have long pulled hard at the parameters of rock & roll, admitting garage punk, soul, psychedelic boogie, prog, jazz and country blues while holding onto its vital goodtime core, and their up-tempo drive has produced a body of work defined as much by stellar musicianship as off-the-chain exhilaration. Energy and adventurism have always been paramount.

    TRACK LISTING

    A. Crystal Bullets
    B. King Tears

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    Side Effects

      Less than a year after their last album Performance, the ever-prolific White Denim are back with their eighth record Side Effects. More in line with the experimental, freewheeling spirit of their fan-favorite record Last Day of Summer than anything else they’ve done since, Side Effects is a record that captures the essence of the band’s full-throttle live shows. Featuring a rotating cast of band members led by James Petralli and Steve Terebecki, these tracks draw on the sounds of different personnel to create a cohesive whole – the result being an album that’s as varied and vivacious as anything they’ve ever done.

      If you’re coming back to White Denim after a few years away, Side Effects most likely picks up exactly where you left off: a record showcasing a hugely energetic band bursting at the seams. And if you never checked out, then Side Effects is instead a wholly rewarding record – one that celebrates every form of White Denim to date and sets the stage for a brand-new chapter.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Absolute belter again from White Denim, this time treading a slightly less psychedelic path than on shop favourite 'Performance'. There are hints of eastern timbres and residual lysergic progressions, but the main body is a less meandering and more direct slipstream of jagged rock and shimmering fuzz.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Small Talk (feeling Control)
      A2. Hallelujah Strike Gold
      A3. Shanalala
      A4. NY Money Side
      B1. Out Of Doors
      B2. Reversed Mirror
      B3. So Emotional
      B4. Head Spinning
      B5. Introduce Me

      White Denim are back - regenerated and resolute. The Austin quartet have long pulled hard at the parameters of rock & roll, admitting garage punk, soul, psychedelia, prog, jazz and blues while holding onto its vital goodtime core. Their up-tempo drive has produced a body of work defined as much by stellar musicianship as off-the-chain exhilaration. Energy and adventurism have always been paramount. Here are nine songs with clarity and renewed purpose as well as a truckload of attitude. A new studio, new collaborators, and new techniques for writing and recording influenced the elastic possibility and liberation felt throughout.

      Theirs is music that aims for the whole body, while equally satisfying the mind. While it has morphed, expanded, and even burst apart, White Denim’s sincere, human drive and ability to spark true exhilaration have been unerring constants of the band’s existence. Ever progressing, never content to camp out on a plateau of their creative accomplishments, there is no other band quite like White Denim – unique in talent and legendarily potent as a live band, they are quite simply a very special band.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Classic White Denim this, clean and sophisticated, prone to getting dirty at the drop of a hat and a brilliantly innovative twist on an already established body of material.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Magazin
      2. Performance
      3. Fine Slime
      4. Double Death
      5. Moves On
      6. It Might Get Dark
      7. Sky Beaming
      8. Backseat Driver
      9. Good News

      Sometimes the obvious answer is the correct one. Austin’s White Denim might be much-loved for their sheer unpredictability, but they follow their wonderfully skewed 'Fits' from 2009 with their extraordinary new record D, which takes its title from the fourth letter of the alphabet because, yes, it’s their fourth album.

      Now a quartet augmented with second guitarist Austin Jenkins, who debuted on last year’s giveaway set (and de facto third collection) The Last Days of Summer, they spent a year writing and recording new material in their home town, “nine to fiving the band stuff”.

      “We only did thirty gigs last year,” says singer/guitarist James Petralli ruefully, underlining their stellar live reputation. “That’s pretty boring, man!” D is their first effort to be recorded away from the trailer/studio the band use as a base. “It was actually made in a private studio owned by a vintage gear collector. It was all one room, so we could shout at each other in the middle of takes. As usual,” clarifies Petralli, shrugging and tongue not far from cheek.

      The result is as full of twists and turns as anything in their back catalogue, even as it’s suffused throughout with a sun-kissed country-psychedelic feel. “We tracked it in the summer, we’d taken an extended break and we were really excited- hopefully that came through,” explains Petralli, before revealing some unexpected yet somehow logical influences, such as Little Feat, Moby Grape and that great late Texan Lee Hazlewood.

      But those only cover part of D’s scope. Take the jittery ‘Anvil Everything’, its loose, seemingly disconnected phrases echoing its nervous melody while Josh Block’s backbone rhythms evoke somewhere further south, hotter even than Texas. ‘A River to Consider’ ratchets the Afro-Latin influence even further, coming off like Beefheart’s Tropical Hot Dog Night’ with Herbie Mann (actually Alex Coke, as Herbie is very much deceased) breezing through by the studio for good measure. ‘Our definitions will outlast what they define,’ Petrelli sings knowlingly, as the flute, sometimes light and airy, sometimes as dense as a Mellotron samples, sprays all over a relaxed, complex tropical beat. “We listen to a lot of Afro-Cuban stuff, and we thought it would be a great bed for an enjoyable flute solo,” deadpans Petralli.

      The spiralling, entwined guitar lines of ‘Burnished’ support a lyric that manages to invest its abstract images with paranoia- ‘two countries that kiss cross a river at night’ indeed. In fact the words were supplied by Lucas Anderson, once a member of Petralli and Block’s pre-White Denim outfit Parque Touch and still something of a band consultant. Anderson is now making his way in a rather different field. “He’s trying to work for the state dept. He’s been in Washington DC in a highly political environment. It’s interesting to incorporate that current events thing with our aesthetic. I can’t wait to talk about that,” laughs Petrelli, knowing that the subject will keep coming up.

      V Petralli might describe his own impressionist lyrics as owing much to both instruction manuals and avant-garde poetry, but the gently epic ‘Is and Is and Is’ (possibly the perfect White Denim title, mystical yet prosaic) is his attempt at a straightforward narrative. Bruce Springsteen it ain’t, even as it mentions ‘mopping the kitchen floor’, Steve Terebecki’s superb bass playing as expressive as Petralli’s words. “I like to think I’m developing a more direct approach,” he says, pondering the matter, “But maybe the vocals are just more up front on this record.”

      The beautiful ballad ‘Street Joy’ is simple and haunting, worthy of comparison with the lovely ‘Regina Holding Hands’ from Fits, while the pumping ‘Bess St’ is the nearest D offers to a straight ahead live rocker, yet it still defies easy resolution. But maybe the best is saved for last. ‘Keys’ is a jaunty, insecure piece of country raga-rock, enlivened by a gorgeous string arrangement reminiscent of Gene Clark’s now adored, once ignored post-Byrds work. Hopeful, heartfelt, and with a majestic vocal turn from James, it’s a perfect ending to an album that refuses to settle into easy patterns but reminds us over and over just how great it is to have White Denim back in our lives.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. It's Him
      2. Burnished
      3. At The Farm
      4. Street Joy
      5. Anvil Everything
      6. River To Consider
      7. Drug
      8. Bess St.
      9. Is And Is And Is
      10. Keys

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      Fits

        "Fits" is an explosive album of garage, psyche and soul carrying on from where "Workout Holiday" left off but leading you into a completely new world. From thunderous prog and psyche to tender blue eyed soul, White Denim's highly-anticipated second album is packed with instantly memorable songs.


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        Workout Holiday

          Here it is! The much-anticipated debut album from acclaimed Texan trio White Denim. They have already received big support from NME, Guardian, Uncut, Mojo and Zane Lowe among others, and it's not hard to hear why. Their sound is a joyously playful melting-pot of 60s garage-rock (MC5, VU, Nuggets, The Who) and early 80s US new-wave (Minutemen, Black Flag, Devo even!), with Antony and the Johnsons-ish wayward warbles and just the funniest, most energised band-in-a (small!)-room sound you could imagine. They even go off on proggy and dubby trips, but in a completely irreverent way. Clever, silly, arty yet trashy, this lot have the tunes to back up the madness. Definitely ones to watch. Recommended!


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