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White Denim

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White Denim

It’s forgotten too often that rock can be an expansive, hugely flexible medium capable of grandeur, pathos, and quality distraction and stimulation. At its best, rock tightrope walks between majesty and earthy abandonment where the best in us canoodles with our baser, lizard brain instincts. From time to time, bands come along to remind us of the genre’s potential, ideally in a visceral, amp-shaking manner. Which brings us to Austin-based White Denim, whose fourth album, D (released May 23 on Downtown), stirs giddy comparisons to prime Yes, Queen and Talking Heads – i.e. genuinely progressive music that still makes one dance like a monkey.

Everything about this set is boldly carved, confidently delivered as the quartet swings off the backbeat with skillful yet wild speed and ingenuity. D is just plain exciting music, and the sort that bears up under extended scrutiny, only opening up its secrets once one has seriously whoosed a cerebral skateboard around the curves of “Burnished/At The Farm,” “Drug” and the other similarly banked spaces inside this album. And it’s not all fast complexities with the quality Latinismo of “River To Consider,” shimmering tender “Street Joy” and neatly sculpted pop closer “Keys” showing there’s not many moods White Denim can’t handle with aplomb. It also doesn’t hurt matters that they seem like real weirdos based on their videos (see below) and general playfulness This band and their latest salvo ooze greatness, and you’re a plum fool to miss out on this thrillingly evolving young band.

And catch White Denim on tour this fall with another DI fav-o-rite Manchester Orchestra. Tour dates over here.

Here’s what White Denim bassist Steve Terebecki had to say to our inquiries.

1. Great music rarely happens without…
Sincerity, good songwriting, great playing, creative sounds.
2. The first album I bought was…
Soundgarden’s Superunknown
3. The last song or album to really flip my wig was…
The record Kazemachi Roman by Happy End
4. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be…
In a cross country moving company…got pretty close!
5. My favorite sort of gig is…
Sweaty, hot, loud, packed.
6. One thing I wish people knew about me is…
That I am extremely private and don’t wish to share my delicate life experiences.
7. I love the sound of…
Every note being played at the same time through 50 distortion pedals.
8. One day I hope to make an album as fantastic as…
XTC’s worse record.
9. The best meal I ever had on tour was at…
The first time Josh and I ate at Kabul Afghanistan and Mediterranean Restaurant in Madison, WI. Or Indian food on Brick Lane.
10. I always find the coolest audiences in…
England/the Netherlands/Canada
11. The worst habit I’ve picked up being on the road all the time is…
Staring at a map and trying to create alternate routes.
12. Led Zeppelin or Radiohead, which flips your switch the most and why?
Definitely Led Zeppelin. I like the production, the playing and the songs a lot more.
13. The craziest thing I ever saw was…
The internet!

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