If you didn’t know better, you might peg Austin trio White Denim (Joshua Block, James Petralli, and Steve Terebecki) as a British band. There is evidence, of course, but it’s circumstantial. Not only did they release their third full-length album, Fits, in Europe on June 22 (which is, coincidentally, my birthday), four months before it was released in the US, but they filmed the video for single “Shake Shake Shake” (off of Workout Holiday) in a junkyard in South London. And that same video, directed by Tom Haines, features an androgynous boy with a blond mullet. Where can you even find a mullet these days? England, obviously.
But that’s where it ends. This groovy group formed in February of 2006 when Lucas Anderson, the fourth member of Parque Torch, the offspring of a two-outfit merger, moved to Russia, and then they were three. White Denim pulls from so many genres that it’s almost a sin to classify them—if classify you must—as simply a rock band with a blues/punk/psychedelic edge. Most songs on their latest effort seem to careen through the musical atmosphere, embodied in such a in a freewheeling, schizophrenic, bursting-at-the-seams kind of meteor that’s burning up (as meteors are wont to do) as it approaches earth that I fear the band might spontaneously combust when performing them live. Find out tonight at The Independent.
Who: White Denim
Where: Austin, Texas
Why: “Somebody’s listening! / “I feel like someone’s listening! / To the song in my head!”
How: Downtown Records