New Music Report: White Denim

November 25th, 2009 by Rolling Stone Leave a reply »

Rolling Stone editor Christian Hoard’s “Christian Rock” new music pick this week is Fits, the latest album from onetime Breaking band White Denim. The Austin trio’s second LP sounds like what you’d get if you locked three skilled players in a garage with a handful of speed: accomplished but raw. Hoard says Fits is more complex than the band’s debut Explosion: there’s free jazz, psychedelic, prog rock and blues rock along with roller-coaster grooves, howling and crooning. One of his favorite tracks is “All Consolation,” which is all distortion and guitar leads with a hazy, wordless chorus. The second half of the album is more songful and jazz rocky — “Everybody Somebody” sounds like it could have been an AM radio hit for a ’60s burnout band and “Painted Yourself” is a bit like a Devendra Banhart tune. Ultimately, though, White Denim’s skill on Fits is throwing a lot of stuff at you in a propulsive, hard-rocking way. Such a busy approach may have sunk a lesser band.

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