Experimental rock outfit White Denim are scheduled to stop off in London, 6 months after the release of their seventh studio album. Originating from Austin Texas, the band have enjoyed a substantial amount of success in Great Britian, selling out Islington Assembly Hall back in February. And for good reason, their live shows are known to be jagged and raw. Throughout their career the band have been able to retain a certain amount of funky/psychedelic influenced aspects in their instrumentation, whilst also tapping into the pacy, rock stylings of bands such as The Black Keys.
White Denim utilise their sound extremely well in the studio, holding back on certain songs, opting for a slow burn, allowing James Petralli’s vocals to emanate softly over twangy, reverbed chords. The listener is lulled into a false sense of security, allowing the band to attack with an intense and fast-paced song with intricate weaving guitar lines and an unrelenting rhythm. This combination works well on the band’s albums and is a strategy they often employ at live shows.
However, the capacity of Islington Assembly Hall (the venue which housed White Denim’s last venture to London) was around 800, a crowd that pails in comparison to the Roundhouse’s 1700 capacity. But, with the success of their most recent album, White Denim look set to pack out the Camden venue with fans eagerly awaiting songs from their powerful and eclectic back catalogue.
The band have booked 6 dates in Great Britain, starting with Glasgow, through to Leeds and Manchester and on to Bristol and Nottingham, concluding their trip with the London date. They then go on towards mainland Europe, ending in Bologna. With this list of impressive venues, White Denim look set to cement their place in the echelon of largely successful alt rock bands.