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White Denim

Artist Bio

‘In his 1942 essay The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus wrote that “All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.” 15 years later Richard Wayne Penniman wrote “Wop bop a loo bop a wop bam boom”, an undeniably powerful vocalization that on any given Wednesday in any given situation, civilized or otherwise, is still fully capable of setting somebody’s stuff aflame.’ – James Petralli, White Denim

Over ten years and seven long players into their career, White Denim are still in the relentless pursuit of a thread- in other words, a wick.

The band have carefully studied the greatest records ever made, but they write songs just dumb enough to drink, dance, and fight to. Theirs is a 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 and human drive and ability to spark exhilaration have been unerring constants of the band’s existence. Now, two years on from their comeback album supreme Stiff, singer-guitarist James Petralli and bassist Steve Terebecki have changed tack again for their seventh full-length, Performance. A new studio, new collaborators, and new techniques for writing and recording influenced the elastic possibility and liberation felt throughout.

If the album’s title seems meaningful in its dead pan 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.” Petralli says, “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.”

The band’s new studio in downtown Austin is called Radio Milk. Once an old general store constructed in 1902, it is now respectfully restored and sandwiched in between bars and modern condominiums. When White Denim were recording, they’d have people stopping by expecting the place to be another bar or curio shoppe. They’d sometimes knock on the door to ask what was going on or simply stand staring in from the sidewalk. They’ve since built a fence for privacy, but initially, it was “a sort of low lit secret place, but people could clearly see everything going on inside. We have since purchased curtains, but at first it felt like a bizarre sort of stage or a Petri dish.” Petralli laughs.

Performance was mainly recorded over eight weeks. 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 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 ear snags on the title track and the easy-rolling closer “Good News”. In the title track “Performance” Petralli sings, “Flashing light in a tunnel, You’re indicating a change”. In many ways, White Denim is a flashing light in a dark and crowded tunnel of showbiz glop, fervidly finding themselves and us through their work.

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Tour Dates

Aug 23 2019
Radio Milk
Austin, TX
Aug 24 2019
Radio Milk
Austin, TX
Aug 25 2019
Radio Milk
Austin, TX
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Sep 07 2019
La Creme Festival
Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 21 2019
Stone's Throw Down
Richmond, VA
Sep 26 2019
Deep Ellum Art Company
Dallas, TX
Sep 27 2019
Duling Hall
Jackson, MS
Sep 28 2019
40 Watt Club
Athens, GA
Oct 01 2019
The Saint
Asbury Park, NJ
Oct 03 2019
(Le) Poisson Rouge
New York, NY
Oct 04 2019
Baltimore, MD
Oct 05 2019
White Eagle Hall
Jersey City, NJ
Oct 06 2019
The Fillmore Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
Oct 08 2019
Motorco Music Hall
Durham, NC
Oct 10 2019
Salvage Station
Asheville, NC
Oct 11 2019
The Basement East
Nashville, TN
Oct 12 2019
Fall For Greenville
Greenville, SC
Nov 07 2019
Granada Theater
Lawrence, KS
Nov 08 2019
Off Broadway
St. Louis, MO
Nov 09 2019
Chicago, IL
Nov 10 2019
HI-FI Indy
Indianapolis, IN
Nov 12 2019
The Shelter
Detroit, MI
Nov 13 2019
Lee's Palace
Toronto, Canada
Nov 15 2019
Paradise Rock Club
Boston, MA
Nov 16 2019
Putnam Place
Saratoga Springs, NY
Nov 17 2019
Infinity Hall Hartford
Hartford, CT
Nov 19 2019
U Street Music Hall
Washington, DC
Nov 21 2019
The Charleston Pour House
Charleston, SC
Nov 22 2019
Terminal West
Atlanta, GA
Nov 23 2019
Birmingham, AL



White Denim Sign to City Slang, New Album “PERFORMANCE” Out August 24th, 2018

WHITE DENIM SIGN TO CITY SLANG NEW ALBUM PERFORMANCE OUT AUGUST 24th, 2018 LISTEN TO FIRST SINGLE “MAGAZIN” Confirm Headlining Fall Tour, Including Two Nights At NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl White…

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