White Denim recently announced that their new album Performance will be released on 24 August via City Slang. Along with the announcement they shared lead single ‘Magazin’ which went straight onto the 6Music A-list. They also announced two shows in the same day at London’s Moth club which quickly sold out. Today they have followed up with the second single to be taken from the album ‘It Might Get Dark’.
Two years on from Stiff’s grubby blues and sweet soul inflections, singer, songwriter and guitarist James Petralli and bass player Steve Terebecki have changed tack once more for Performance, not only welcoming two new members – drummer Conrad Choucroun and keyboardist Michael Hunter – but also introducing new practices into their record-making process and tapping a whole new gene pool of inspiration. The feeling of liberation and elastic possibility twinned with conviction that defined previous albums such as Fits (2009) and Last Day of Summer (2010) is key to Performance – that sense of energy and purpose is renewed here and doubled down with a truckload of attitude.
The album was recorded over eight weeks between October 2016 and October 2017, mainly in Radio Milk – White Denim’s new studio, built in an old general store and horse stable constructed in 1902 in downtown Austin, now respectfully restored and sandwiched in between bars and modern condominiums – and self-produced by the band, with Jim Vollentine.