White Denim

White Denim have signed with City Slang Records, which will release the Austin, TX-based band’s new album Performance on August 24, 2018. The band have shared the album’s first single, Magazin, via a lyric video and instant free download upon pre-order.

If the album’s title seems meaningful in its deadpan simplicity, it is. There is, of course, the meaning of “performance” that applies to anyone for whom the live arena is the proving ground. There’s also something more personal but universally acknowledged – the gap that exists between what we project and who we really are. “There is something absurd and isolating in continuing this pursuit for personal connection on such a wide scale. When writing an album I essentially leave my actual life, retreat deeper into myself and as it nears completion, I evaluate my work based on my own extremely skewed notion of what is widely relatable and still legitimately cool,” says Petralli. “My idea of cool is most significantly shaped by Steve’s body language when we are talking through ideas in session.” It has been said that “A clown enriched knows neither relation nor friend.”

Performance was mainly recorded over eight weeks at the band’s new downtown Austin studio, Radio Milk. Once an old general store constructed in 1902, it is now respectfully restored and sandwiched in between bars and modern condominiums. Two new players were key in what Petralli describes as “a super-collaborative record:” keyboardist Michael Hunter, a “young, humble genius with endless potential” and Conrad Choucroun, a “ridiculously solid” drummer with a long stint with NRBQ on his resume. “If you take nothing else from this at least take some time to listen to NRBQ, rock & roll scholars who shared members with the Sun Ra Arkestra” advises Petralli. It makes sense that White Denim would develop a kinship with a player from their circle. In many ways, they are a continuation of that sort of group. One that will never stop pushing and taking every opportunity to shine a light on and exemplify what is truly good about Rock & Roll music.

Categorically speaking, White Denim is still impossible to narrowly pin down. There’s the glam-rock strut of “Magazin” and “It Might Get Dark,” the dueling guitars on the low-slung blues prog of “Moves On”, and the sideways jazz of “Sky Beaming.” There are plenty of pleasingly unexpected musical moments on the title track and the easy-rolling closer “Good News,” along with some seriously distorted guitar. In the title track, Petralli sings, “Flashing light in a tunnel, You’re indicating a change.” In many ways, White Denim is the flashing light in a dark and crowded tunnel of showbiz glop. Quietly and fiercely finding themselves — and us — through their work.

Upcoming Release: August 24th !
White Denim - Performance 08/2018
Fine Slime
Double Death
Moves On
It Might Get Dark
Sky Beaming
Backseat Driver
Good News

Aug 24 Three Links Dallas, TX

Aug 25 Mohawk Austin, TX

Aug 28 Rough Trade East London, UK

Aug 29 Moth Club London, UK

Aug 31 Into the Great Wide Open Vlieland, NL

Sep 2 End Of The Road Larmer Tree, UK

Sep 11 Fubar St Louis, MO, US

Sep 12 House Of Blues Chicago, IL, US

Sep 13 Turf Club St Paul, MN, US

Sep 14 Rave Bar Milwaukee, WI, US

Sep 15 The Hi Fi Indianapolis, IN, US

Sep 17 Musica Akron, OH, US

Sep 18 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON, CA

Sep 19 The blind pig Ann Arbor, MI, US

Sep 20 Skully’s Columbus, OH, US

Sep 21 Zanzabar Louisville, KY, US

Sep 22 Exit/In Nashville, TN, US

Oct 5 Saturn Birmingham AL, US

Oct 6 Barley’s Top Room Knoxville, TN, US

Oct 7 Strange Matter Richmond, VA, US

Oct 9 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA, US

Oct 11 Brooklyn Bowl New York, NY

Oct 12 Brooklyn Bowl New York, NY

Oct 13 Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA, US

Oct 14 U Street Music Hall Washington, DC, US

Oct 16 The Mothlight Ashville, NC

Oct 18 Proud Larry’s Oxford, MS, US

Oct 19 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, LA, US

Nov 7 Point Ephémère Paris, FR

Nov 8 Muziekgieterij Maastricht, NL

Nov 9 Rolling Stone Weekender Weissenhaeuser Strand, DE

Nov 10 Paradiso Noord Amsterdam, NL

Nov 11 Doornroosje Nijmengen, NL

Nov 13 Berghain Kantine Berlin, DE

Nov 14 Milla Club Munich, DE

Nov 15 ARTHEATER Cologne, DE

Nov 16 Rolling Stone Park Europa Park Rust, DE

Nov 17 Orangerie Brussels, BE