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

May 9, 2018




Confirm Headlining Fall Tour, Including Two Nights At

NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl

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 (stream it HERE) and confirmed a headlining North American fall tour that includes shows in Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., and two nights at NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl in October. Tickets go on-sale Friday, May 8th, and more dates will soon be announced; a current itinerary is below. Performance is now available for pre-order HERE.

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. 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 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 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.

Performance Track List:

  1. Magazin
  2. Performance
  3. Fine Slime
  4. Double Death
  5. Moves On
  6. It Might Get Dark
  7. Sky Beaming
  8. Backseat Driver
  9. Good News

White Denim 2018 Live Dates:
05/12 – Albany, NY @ Tulip Festival
06/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5*
06/20 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506*
06/21 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar*
06/22 – Rehoboth Beach, DE @ Dogfish Head Brewing
06/23 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents*
06/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s*
06/26 – Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall*
06/27 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston*
06/28 – Providence, RI @ Fete Lounge*
06/29 – Waitsfield, VT @ Frendly Gathering
06/30 – Wellfleet, MA @ Wellfleet Beachcomber*
07/01 – Montauk, NY @ The Surf Lodge
07/22 – San Marcos, TX @ Float Fest
08/28 – London, UK @ Rough Trade East
08/29 – London, UK @ Moth Club
08/31 – Vlieland, NL @ Into the Great Wide Open
09/02 – Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
09/12 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
09/13 – Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club
09/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar
09/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ HI-FI Indianapolis
09/17 – Akron, OH @ Musica
09/18 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
09/19 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig
09/20 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s
09/21 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
09/22 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
10/05 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
10/06 – Knoxville, TN @ Barley’s Tap Room
10/07 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
10/09 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/14 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
10/16 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
10/18 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
10/19 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
11/07 – Paris, FR @ Le Point Ephemere
11/08 – Maastricht, NE @ Muziekgieterij
11/09 – Weissenhaeuser Strand, DE @ Rolling Stone Weekender
11/10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
11/11 – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
11/13 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
11/14 – Munich, DE @ Milla
11/15 – Cologne, DE @ ARTheater
11/16 – Europa Park, Rust DE @ Rolling Stone Park
11/17 – Amsterdam, NL @ Orangerie
* w/ Uni