White Denim

Biography

White Denim have signed with City Slang Records, which will release the Austin, TX-based band’s new album Performance on August 24, 2018. 

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.

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Tour Dates

  • Jun 19
    Aisle 5
    - Atlanta GA, US
  • Jun 20
    Local 506
    - Chapel Hill, NC, US
  • Jun 21
    Ottobar
    - Baltimore, MD, US
  • Jun 23
    House of Independents
    - Washington, DC, US
  • Jun 24
    Johnny Brenda's
    - Philadelphia, PA, US
  • Jun 26
    Monty Hall
    - Jersey City, NJ, US
  • Jun 27
    BSP Lounge
    - Kingston, NY, US
  • Jun 28
    Fete Lounge
    - Providence, RI, US
  • Jun 29
    Friendly Gathering Festival
    - Waitsfield, VT, US
  • Jun 30
    Wellfleet Beachbomber
    - Wellfleet, MA, US
  • Jul 1
    The Surf Lodge
    - Montauk, NY, US
  • Jul 22
    Float Fest
    - Martindale, TX, US
  • Aug 28
    Rough Trade East
    - London, UK
  • Aug 29
    Moth Club
    - London, UK
  • Aug 31
    Into the Great Wide Open
    - Vlieland, NL
  • Sep 2
    End Of The Road
    - Larmer Tree, UK
  • Sep 11
    Fubar
    - St Louis, MO, US
  • Sep 12
    House Of Blues
    - Chicago, IL, US
  • Sep 13
    Turf Club
    - St Paul, MN, US
  • Sep 14
    Rave Bar
    - Milwaukee, WI, US
  • Sep 15
    The Hi Fi
    - Indianapolis, IN, US
  • Sep 17
    Musica
    - Akron, OH, US
  • Sep 18
    Horseshoe Tavern
    - Toronto, ON, CA
  • Sep 19
    The blind pig
    - Ann Arbor, MI, US
  • Sep 20
    Skully's
    - Columbus, OH, US
  • Sep 21
    Zanzabar
    - Louisville, KY, US
  • Sep 22
    Exit/In
    - Nashville, TN, US
  • Oct 5
    Saturn
    - Birmingham AL, US
  • Oct 6
    Barley's Top Room
    - Knoxville, TN, US
  • Oct 7
    Strange Matter
    - Richmond, VA, US
  • Oct 9
    Brighton Music Hall
    - Boston, MA, US
  • Oct 11
    Brooklyn Bowl
    - New York, NY
  • Oct 12
    Brooklyn Bowl
    - New York, NY
  • Oct 13
    Underground Arts
    - Philadelphia, PA, US
  • Oct 14
    U Street Music Hall
    - Washington, DC, US
  • Oct 16
    The Mothlight
    - Ashville, NC
  • Oct 18
    Proud Larry's
    - Oxford, MS, US
  • Oct 19
    One Eyed Jacks
    - New Orleans, LA, US
  • Nov 7
    Point Ephémère
    - Paris, FR
  • Nov 8
    Muziekgieterij
    - Maastricht, NL
  • Nov 9
    Rolling Stone Weekender
    - Weissenhaeuser Strand, DE
  • Nov 10
    Doornroosje
    - Nijmengen, NL
  • Nov 13
    Berghain Kantine
    - Berlin, DE
  • Nov 14
    Milla Club
    - Munich, DE
  • Nov 15
    ARTHEATER
    - Cologne, DE
  • Nov 16
    Rolling Stone Park
    - Europa Park Rust, DE
  • Nov 17
    Orangerie
    - Amsterdam, NL

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Wg Wd Front 300Dpi
Performance
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