White Denim: “A River To Consider”
Drummer Josh Block and guitarist/vocalist James Petralli met in Dallas, but their collaboration truly began with a relocation to Austin. The two formed a band and, after seeing bassist Steve Terebecki tear it up onstage while performing in another band at one of their own gigs, the pair asked Terebecki if he would join them.
Calling themselves White Denim, the trio hit the ground running, releasing a digital EP, Lets Talk About It, in 2007 to much anticipation and fanfare (they were dubbed a band to look out for by Spin Magazine before most listeners could even find their music). They released their debut full length, Exposion, in late 2008 and gained a massive following at home and overseas as a result.
Now a quartet (with the addition of Austin Jenkins on guitar), White Denim’s sound is admittedly difficult to pin down. Their latest effort, D (which hits record stores in the middle of May) is part jagged guitar punk-rock with an equal dose of jazz fusion and country twang thrown in for good measure. Their live performances are electric and display the band’s commitment to craft and their willingness to experiment with all different kinds of sounds.
This live version of “A River To Consider,” a tune that is set to appear on the band’s upcoming release, comes from a performance in KUT‘s studios. While Block and Terebecki hold down an infectious back-beat, Petralli and Jenkins are free to weave guitar accents throughout the piece. White Denim is growing – and we’re all better because of it.