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White Denim is a trio hailing from Austin, Texasmarker. It's very hard to include White Denim in a specific subgenre, but they are known for take several influences of garage rock, dub, soul, alternative rock, country, post-punk, blues, psychedelic rock, experimental rock with home-based recording, intense looping work and unusual song structures.

History

In March 2005, the two bands Parque Touch (Josh Block, James Petralli, Lucas Anderson) and Peach Train (Steve Terebecki) played a show together at the Beerland in Austin, Texas. After the show Steve was asked to play bass for Parque Touch and the band became four, playing under the pseudonyms Byshop Massive (Lucas), Bop English (James), Nicholas Mallard (Josh), and Terry Beckins (Steve); however, in February 2006, Lucas moved to Russia and the resulting power trio changed its name to White Denim. The new line-up began playing the local Austin circuit while recording punk-infused, psychedelic blues-rock in Block's 1940s Spartan trailer.

In 2007, the band self-released its first EP entitled Let's Talk About It on 7" only, but later these tracks became available on iTunes. While on tour in 2007, the band recorded its second album and sold copies as a nine-song "tour EP" entitled Workout Holiday, which was only sold at shows. Workout Holiday caught the ear of new record label RCRD LBL (an online record label releasing exclusive and completely free music from emerging and established artists), and the band signed on to re-record three of the songs from Workout Holiday. These songs were exclusively released as the RCRD LBL EP, one MP3 track at a time over the course of the first few months of 2008.

Since these releases, the band has toured extensively, playing shows including SXSW and CMJ Music Marathon, and also received the award of "Best New Band" at the 2008 Austin Music Awards. In order to reach European listeners, the band signed to UK record label Full Time Hobby (home to The Hold Steady and Viva Voce) for an overseas release. The first release on Full Time Hobby was the single "Let's Talk About It" b/w "Darksided Computer Mouth". One June 23, 2008, the band released its debut album, the Workout Holiday LP, which consists of re-recorded songs from the band's first two self-released EPs along with some new tracks. The band has since released two more singles in Europe off of Workout Holiday: "All You Really Have To Do" b/w "DCWYW" and "Shake Shake Shake" b/w "All Truckers Roll".

Back in the US, White Denim released their debut US full-length LP, entitled Exposion in late 2008. Originally sold during their Spring 2008 tour as a CDR with the title 11 Songs, the album was made available in digital format from their official website on October 19, 2008. Reporting that "CDs seem pretty worthless to us"., the band will also release Exposion on 12" vinyl some time in November. White Denim, along with Transmission Entertainment, have created a new digital record company that allows fans to buy music directly from the band. Buyers have the option of purchasing a digital copy (MP3 or FLAC format) of the album, as well as 12" and 7" copies. If fans want more, they can pay for a subscription into the White Denim fan club, which not only buys them digital and hard copies of the album, but also a collection of unreleased digital live tracks and unreleased materials.

White Denim's third full-length album, entitled Fits, was released via Full Time Hobby on June 22, 2009. The record was initially release in Europe only, but after signing their first US record deal with Downtown Records on July 10, the band plans to release Fits on October 20, 2009. This release will also contain a bonus disc of the Exposion album.

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References

  1. http://www.cluas.com/indie-music/Interviews/tabid/106/EntryId/924/White-Denim.aspx
  2. Charles Ubaghs, "DiScover: White Denim", Drowned in Sound, retrieved February 1, 2008.
  3. Kevin O'Donnell, "Breaking Artist: White Denim", Rolling Stone Magazine, Issue 1045, pg. 26, January 7, 2008.
  4. Eric Harvey, "Record Reviews: Let's Talk About It EP", Pitchfork Media, January 9, 2008.
  5. Max Michaels, "White Denim Release Debut Free Single on RCRD LBL Today", Movement Magazine, December 3, 2007.
  6. Mark Richardson, "New Music: White Denim", Pitchfork Media, January 3, 2008.
  7. 2007-08 Austin Music Awards, "Best New Band", The Austin Chronicle, March 13, 2008.
  8. Josh Gross, "Austin's White Denim prepares for the future", Austin 360, March 13, 2008.
  9. White Denim, "Official website", WhiteDenimMusic.com, retrieved October 20, 2008.
  10. Austin Powell, "Spotlight: White Denim", Austin Chronicle, March 14, 2008.
  11. NME, "White Denim return with new album", nme.com, April 3, 2009.
  12. NME, "White Denim announce US release details of sophomore album", nme.com, July 13, 2009.


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