White Denim

White Denim – Performance (album review)

by Woody on August 27, 2018

Photo Credit – Pooneh Ghana

White Denim finds their way with their best album since 2011’s D. After losing half the squad to Leon Bridges, I felt like 2016’s Stiff was solid but slowly faded from my rotation. When listening to them, I would always reach for the older stuff.

Performance harkens back to what I deem to be the sweet spot of their catalog between 2008’s Exposion and the aforementioned D. Founding members James Petralli and Steve Terebecki are joined by new members Michael Hunter (keys) and Conrad Choucroun (drums) on an album that was inspired by music from the 50s and 80s in an effort to, as Petralli puts it, “contrast the super-clean and inhuman with the raw and elemental.”

Mission accomplished. The talent of these guys have never been in question but sometimes they can get in their own way, like anyone who is bizarrely talented in their field. Bolstered by their long time production partner and guru Jim Vollentine, the boys stretch their legs out on a fascinating nine song set that doesn’t let up for a second. Every time you think they’re going to zig, they zag; when you think things are about to slow down; they step on the gas.

There’s a quote from Petralli in their press release on the band’s mission statement, β€œIt remains unchanged from the beginning – which is just to make interesting new rock & roll music.” That hits the nail on the head as the boys continue their method of hopping from prog to garage to jazz to psych to glam to make a fantastic album.

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White Denim – Stiff {album review}

by Woody on April 6, 2016

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Upon learning that Austin Jenkins and Josh Block had permanently left White Denim to join Leon Bridges, I had reservations about the future of the band. As good as Jenkins is, it was Block that I was really going to miss. His chemistry with bassist Steve Terebecki always left me in awe. Their ability to change directions and speeds on the drop of the dime was to me, the trademark of White Denim. It allowed all the cool stuff that Jenkins and lead singer, James Petralli, did to really flourish.

Jenkins and Block were replaced by Jonathan Horne and Jeff Olson. And I have to say the boys haven’t missed a beat. The songs are crisp, tight and overall a good time. The band’s sound has lost a little bit of that raw edge that was so prevalent on their early stuff but it hasn’t lost its soul. And Petralli’s vocals continue to get better with every release.

The boys wear their influence on their sleeve and they wear it well. And like they did on Corsicana Lemonade, Petralli gets to show off his R&B chops with Take It Easy (Ever After Lasting Love). A whole album of this would grow tiresome but mixed amongst tunes that rock and boogie like Mirrored In Reverse and Holda You (I’m Psycho), it comes off as a nice touch.

Overall, I’m psyched to see they shook off the defection of half the band and pressed forward. I still think the best is yet to come for this band. And if you have the chance to see them live, it is worth the effort.

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White Denim annouces Stiff, out on 3/25/16

by Woody on January 7, 2016


HearYa faves, White Denim are coming out with their follow up to 2013’s Corsicana Lemonade. I’ve loved White Denim for years now for their musicianship, their creativity and their willingness to push their talent to the limits. For the first time, the Austin-based quartet utilized an outside producer, Ethan Johns, for the entirety of an album. Here’s some additional info on Stiff.

The album was recorded completely live to 16-track tape with few overdubs, and the resulting 9 adrenaline-fueled tracks signal a return to White Denim’s frenetic rock band roots. Lead cut “Holda You (I’m Psycho)” has the band sounding re-energized and revitalized, resulting in what vocalist/guitarist James Petralli calls a “high heat, high energy, good times record.” Listen here: bit.ly/1JwsTOb

While ‘Stiff’ remains distinctively White Denim, there’s a reinvigoration permeating through the album via new guitarist Jonathan Horne and a beefed-up rhythm section thanks to the work of new drummer Jeffrey Olson. Petralli explains: “We learned a lot making ‘D’ and ‘Corsicana Lemonade.’ We wanted to take some of those lessons and apply them back to our original mission statement and get back to some of the things that made us excited about the band in the first place.”

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Being in White Denim must be so much fun if you are a musician. The willingness to experiment is fantastic. There is probably shit that you’ll never hear that is fantastic. Probably also some stuff that sucks ass. But without constantly playing around with tones, mics, tempo, etc.; White Denim would cease to be White Denim.

Corsicana Lemonade finds back at their best blending many facets of classic rock, garage and soul. As a band, they are bizarrely tight. A few weeks ago, Shirk and I saw them and I was fascinated that Steve (bass) and Josh (drums) barely looked at each other as they led the band on a ride that was full of hairpin turns.

While it still has its unhinged moments, Corsicana Lemonade feels a little more restrained and focused. And that is meant as a compliment. The band seems to have found their groove and is able to push the limits without getting lost. Hanging with a guy like Jeff Tweedy who’s made a living of doing just that seems to have rubbed of in just the right way.

Enjoy this album but make it a point to see them live. There simply are not many bands as fun to watch live.

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White Denim accounce new album Coriscana Lemonade; first track Pretty Green

August 7, 2013

HearYa alumni, White Denim, have announced the release of their new album, Corsicana Lemonade. It is going to see the light of day on 10/29 and Jeff Tweedy handled the production for a couple of tunes and did the mixing. Here is a pic of Jeff and I after discussing the ins and outs of […]

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White Denim, Live Session #93

September 23, 2011

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 […]

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Free Tickets for Sold Out White Denim Show in Chicago! [Giveaway and New Video]

June 28, 2011

White Denim have another new video for the tune “Street Joy.” Apparently, they have dug up some footage from my prom in 1988 when I rocked a purple cumberbund/bowtie and a mullet. Oddly, I didn’t get any loving that night. Anywho, D is one of the finer albums you will hear in 2011. The boys […]

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White Denim – D [Album Review]

May 31, 2011

I can’t recall a time that I’ve been as apathetic about new music as I have in May, 2011. I’m the music consumer equivalent of the nihilist, Uli Kunkel, adrift in the pool while passed out on a raft in The Big Lebowski. I’ve spent the last several weeks listening to old Bob Dylan albums […]

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White Denim – Fits Review and a New Free Album

October 9, 2010

White Denim just released a free album on their site, so now seems like a good a reason to finally toss up a review of their last album, Fits. They are also going to be doing some dates with Portugal, The Man. I have yet to catch them live, but they were one of SafariMan’s […]

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