In his 1942 essay The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus wrote that â€œAll great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.â€ 15 years later Richard Wayne Penniman wrote â€œWop bop a loo bop a wop bam boomâ€, an undeniably powerful vocalization that on any given Wednesday in any given situation, civilized or otherwise, is still fully capable of setting somebodyâ€™s stuff aflame. Over ten years and seven long players into their career, White Denim are still in the relentless pursuit of a thread – in other words, a wick.
The Austin,Texas band have carefully and continuously studied the greatest records ever made, but they write songs just dumb enough to drink, dance, and fight to. Theirs is a music that aims for the whole body, while equally satisfying the mind. While it has morphed, expanded, and even burst apart, White Denimâ€™s sincere and human drive and ability to spark true rock & roll exhilaration have been unerring constants of the bandâ€™s 10-year existence.
â€œWhite Denim are one of the best live bands you will ever see if you live to be a million. Thatâ€™s not excitable hyperbole, merely a bald statement of undeniable fact…â€ â€” Time Out
â€œThe last great rock & roll band!â€ â€” The Guardian
Amazing new album Performance in stores on August 24.