Following two instantly sold out shows at Londons Moth Club last year, WHITE DENIM return in 2019 for a European tour in February which includes a show at Londons Roundhouse.
WHITE DENIM will be touring with their sensational latest album Performance, which was released via City Slang to widespread acclaim including Mojos Album of the Month, not to mention glowing reviews from Q, The Guardian, The Times, The Line of Best Fit, Uncut and more with singles Magazin and It Might Get Dark shooting straight onto the 6Music A-list and spending multiple weeks there.
Listen to standout single Magazin here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo7j2OIhay0
2019 UK/EIRE DATES
09 Feb - Belfast @ Limelight
10 Feb - Dublin, IE @ Whelans
12 Feb - Bristol @ O2 Academy
13 Feb - Birmingham @ O2 Institute
15 Feb - Manchester @ Albert Hall
16 Feb - Newcastle @ Northumbria Institute
17 Feb - Glasgow @ SWG3 TV Studio
19 Feb - Leeds @ O2 Academy
20 Feb - Liverpool @ O2 Academy
22 Feb - London @ Roundhouse
Tickets Available here: https://www.whitedenimmusic.com/live
Ask frontman James Petralli to outline White Denims mission statement a decade on from their debut and in the run up to the release of their seventh album and his answer is instant and unequivocal: "It remains unchanged from the beginning – which is just to make interesting, up-tempo rock & roll".
Thats both bang on the button and too modest by half, because the Austin quartet have long "just" 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.
Which is why, just two years on from Stiffs grubby blues and sweet soul inflections, singer, songwriter and guitarist Petralli and bass player Steve Terebecki have changed tack again for Performance, not only welcoming two new members – drummer Conrad Choucroun and keyboardist Michael Hunter – but also introducing new practices into their record-making process and tapping a whole new gene pool of inspiration. The feeling of liberation and elastic possibility twinned with conviction that defined previous albums such as Fits (2009) and Last Day of Summer (2010) is key to Performance - that sense of energy and purpose is renewed here and doubled down with a truckload of attitude.
The album was recorded over eight weeks between October 2016 and October 2017, mainly in Radio Milk – White Denims new studio, built in an old general store and horse stable constructed in 1902 in downtown Austin, now respectfully restored and sandwiched in between bars and modern condominiums – and self-produced by the band, with Jim Vollentine. New recruits Choucroun and Hunter were key in what Petralli describes as "a super-collaborative record", although he and Terebecki shared the leadership. Choucroun, their new drummer, played with northeast fusion legends NRBQwho frequently shared band members with the Sun Ra Arkestra. Young gun and "crazy genius" Hunter came heavily recommended by White Denims front-of-house engineer.
If the albums title seems meaningful in its prosaicness, it is. There is, of course, the meaning of "performance" that applies to anyone for whom the live arena is the proving ground. Theres also something more personal but universally acknowledged – the gap that exists between what we project and who we really are, everybody has to put a face on for certain things.But theres extra piquancy. Radio Milk is sandwiched in between two bars and when White Denim were first recording, theyd have people knocking on the door asking what was going on there and staring in. Theyve since built a fence for privacy, but initially, it was "like a secret place, but people could clearly see everything inside. It was like a stage/Petri-dish combination," laughs Petralli.
Twelve years and seven albums on from their inception, White Denim are back - regenerated and resolute. "Its just a fun way to spend time," Petralli says, simply. "At the core, its always been a way for me to communicate with people about the records that I like. And second to that, its sharing my feelings. Its still fun to sit and have an idea thats kind of silly and chase it down in a room full of adults that are all committed to making something great. The absurdity of it as a career and a way to spend your time is so... liberating. Every time I get a chance to go into the studio and make a record or just hang out with people and talk about records, it feels like an extraordinary gift. Thats who we are as people."