White Denim’s latest album D may end up being my favorite release of the year. There have been many great albums released in 2011, but few have I explored with the same depth and focused attention. The band finds a way to blend frantic dueling guitar solos into one cohesive sound and, having never seen a live performance, I have eagerly anticipated this session.
On my short list of tracks was the most accessible track on the album, “Street Joy.” On the album, it serves as a nice reprieve from the roller coaster twists and turns provided by the songs surrounding it. In this session, the song still stands out for me. The band’s albums have always showcased their musicianship, but lead singer James Petralli’s voice sometimes gets lost beneath in the flurry of sound and complex arrangements. On “Street Joy,” his vocals can truly be appreciated in their own right.
A few side notes to this session. Firstly, I just read on Wikipedia that the aforementioned James Petralli is the son of the former major league ball player Gino Petralli. If you collected baseball cards in the late 80′s and early 90′s, you probably remember the frequency at which you’d find Gino in a pack of cards. It bordered on conspiracy. Anyway, I loved discovering the connection.
Secondly, you’ll notice the upgrade in video quality on this session. We were fortunate to have an experienced crew of video professionals from Concentrated (a Chicago-based creative production studio) take over the video duties on this session. They are the same group that put together the very touching Father’s day video and documentary that we featured in June. We owe a big thank you to them for their hard work.
Enjoy the session and keep your eyes out for our next session with Other Lives.
White Denim – Anvil Everything (Live in Chicago at Shirk Music + Sound)
White Denim – Street Joy (Live in Chicago at Shirk Music + Sound)