Posts Tagged ‘White Denim’

Even after losing half his band to Leon Bridges, James Petralli didn’t hesitate to assemble some gifted musicians in his quest for divine modern southern boogie. His band is one of the best kept secrets in Austin, not to mention that in a town of thousands of guitarists, Petralli writes the catchiest riffs.  From White Denim’s new album Stiff, available everywhere 3/25/16.

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Austin garage rock outfit White Denim are preparing for the release of their seventh studio album Stiff due to come out March 25th on Downtown Records by sharing the lead single from the album, entitled “Holda You (I’m Psycho.)” Like their 2013 album Corsicana Lemonade, it’s an heavy intense guitar driven piece having all the traits that made us fall in love with White Denim In the first place. The band also share the cover art for the new album as well as the track list. For now, all we can do is wait…

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‘Constant Bop’ is the debut album from Bop English, the recording name of White Denim frontman James Petralli. There’s a ton to unwrap on ‘Constant Bop’, a record that jumps from vocoder use on a ’60s-jazz influenced jam to sampled 808-kicks on country numbers. It’s a rich and diverse record that’s teeming with pop classicism and zippy rock ‘n’ roll. It’s all there, and it’s all distinctly .

These 10 tracks demonstrate timeless songwriting, revisiting everything from Bob Dylan and Jeff Lyne to LL Cool J and Santana for inspiration. A widely collaborative project and the result of 4 years of work, having been created in the same period of time that it took Petralli to finish two White Denim records. It is an album born of real studio magic; dozens of musicians contribute to its ten tracks including White Denim’s drummer Josh Block, guitarist Austin Jenkins and bass player Steve Terebecki, as well as former Shearwater bassist Kevin Schneider. The biggest difference between Constant Bop and any White Denim record is the amount of time James spent working on it by himself. “The musicians on this record still influenced and shaped the record significantly though,” he says. There are over one hundred days of studio time preciously invested in Constant Bop, which ultimately reflects in its sheer quality.

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These brilliant throwback soul jams from Crowley’s Leon Bridges are pretty undeniable. We don’t know much about Bridges at this point, and it’s hard to believe that this kid channeling a young Sam Cooke comes from our own backyard, or anywhere, but we can’t escape the promise of greatness we keep hearing in his timeless songs. Recorded in Fort Worth and produced by Austin Jenkins + Josh Block of the band White Denim; download either of these songs “Coming Home” + “Better Man”  this young soul revivalist from Texas is this year’s miracle man. A former aspiring choreographer who took up music because he thought it was a more viable career (what a dreamer!), Bridges was stuck playing open mic nights until he he ran into White Denim members Josh Block and Austin Jenkins, hanging out in a Fort Worth club. Impressed with his snappy style, the fuzz-rockers invited Bridges to jam — and discovered his dazzling ability to conjure the spirit of the young Sam Cooke. Soon enough, they were making an album together. One stellar Nashville show ignited a fire among music-biz insiders; now Bridges is signed to Columbia Records, is planning a tour, and winning more hearts — even with the few rough mixes he’s put up on his Soundcloud — every day. It’s always nice when a new voice makes classic sounds relevant again.