Not exactly, though it is an easy mistake to make with White Denim. The band’s 2008 debut album Workout Holiday was raved about by critics, but not universally embraced by the public, which didn’t mean the hype was misplaced, rather it was mishandled.
Back with a second LP, Fits, White Denim continue to produce racy garage-punk, produced from the depths of the stylish aluminum 1940s Winnebago that they parked outside last night’s gig at Rough Trade East.
Having touched down only a few hours before, the Texan threesome shoehorned themselves into the packed store off Brick Lane to play to an intimate and receptive audience. James Petralli (lead singer, and the son of a former Major League Baseball catcher) led the band through a rampant 50-minute set, mixing tracks from both albums.
Adamant they did not need a break and unflustered by the fact that they were still trying to track down their luggage, White Denim drew comparisons with art-punk hero’s Devo on new single “I Start To Run”, while “Mirrored and Reverse” evoked shades of Animal Collective. Favourites from the first album, “Mess Your Hair Up” and “Shake Shake Shake”, were equally well received.
If the sheer pace of this performance is anything to go by, White Denim will be a force to be reckoned with as they embark on their UK tour, starting today. We strongly advise you don’t miss them a second time around. William Parry
White Denim’s UK tour dates: Birmingham Bar Academy (June 23), Manchester Ruby Lounge (24), Dublin Academy 2 (26), Belfast The Stiff Kitten (27), Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire (29), Newcastle Digital (30), Nottingham Rescue Rooms (July 2), Oxford Academy 2 (3), Kent The Hop Farm Festival (4), Southampton Talking Heads (5), Bristol Thekla (7), London Heaven (8)
Fits is out now, while new single ‘I Start To Run’ is out 6 July on 7” and download.