Success and autonomy, accessibility and creativity. All in a day's work for White Denim.
Keira Burgess 2009-06-15
The Texan trio return with album number three in an already burgeoning career.
White Denim have become remarkably beloved and respected given they have only been present on shop shelves for just over a year.
Having toured and self-released what would eventually become their debut album Workout Holiday as an EP in their native US, the band ventured forth with the combined powers of RCRD LBL in the States and Full Time Hobby in Europe. Cannily recognising the difference in demand, the band gave lucky home fans their second album Exposion last year, while we're treated to the first look at their third, Fits.
Writing the White Denim way begins with jamming, which they've found so productive that they had 50 tracks to pick from when compiling the tracklist for Workout Holiday. But unlike so many bands who overwrite, they're spot on when it comes to deciding what fits the final cut.
And so while Fits is as charismatically erratic and changeable as the debut, it still feels fluid and uncluttered. Radio Milk How Can You Stand It references jazz influences with saxophone parts in an essentially post-punk song.
Say What You Want and Mirrored And Reverse blend Eastern sounds with classic rock tempos, and Sex Prayer boasts hints of ska and woodwind embellishment.
Josh Block's drumming throughout is phenomenal, but particularly on Just The Way You Are, demonstrating fervour and restraint, pace and softness simultaneously.
On single I Start To Run you can hear brief traces of what lead one critic to suggest the band could be the next Kings Of Leon, although the two sit at extreme ends of the creative spectrum. Success and autonomy, accessibility and creativity. All in a day's work for White Denim.