White Denim gave fans quite the surprise on Wednesday morning when the rock band from Austin, Texas announced a new studio album along with the arrival of its first two singles. The forthcoming release will be titled Side Effects, and is scheduled to arrive on March 29th via City Slang Records. The nine-track album will act as a “companion piece” to their 2018 Performance LP, which arrived just last summer in late August.
According to a lengthy statement shared by the label to go with Wednesday’s morning’s album announcement, the recordings featured on Side Effects will be “more in line with the experimental, freewheeling spirit of their fan-favorite record ‘Last Day Of Summer’ than anything else they’ve done since.” The statement went to so reveal that the new recordings “capture the essence of the band’s full-throttle live shows. Featuring a rotating cast of band members led by James Petralli and Steve Terebecki, these tracks draw on the sounds of different personnel to create a cohesive whole.”
Petralli and Terebecki were joined in recording the album by keyboardist Michael Hunter and drummer Greg Clifford. The four musicians look to continue giving fans more heavy doses of their in-your-face soulful rock sound, as evident from the two first singles off of Side Effects which were also shared on Wednesday with “Shanalala” and “NY Money”.
“Shanlala” keeps fans on edge throughout its 2:45-minute run time. It never quite reaches peak excitement, but rather stays on a lower, fuzzed-out frequency with singer/guitarist James Petralli keeping his vocal register somewhat reserved as the song grooves along throughout.
White Denim – “Shanalala” – Official Audio
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“NY Minute” is a completely different experience altogether. From the opening moments of the song, the listener is treated to a plethora of sounds from every member of the band as the track attempts to find its footing before smoothing itself out around 0:30-seconds in. The song glistens with a loose feel with Petralli again easing the lyrics along its nearly seven-minute run time to go with its uptempo vibe. The lyrical portion of the song ends around the 4:00 mark with the recording continuing on with a hypnotizing instrumental section to take the listener into the melodic abyss.
White Denim – “NY Money” – Official Audio
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The band spent much of their summer and fall last year on tour in promotion of Performance, and look to continue their concert campaign into 2019 with upcoming shows in the U.K. and Ireland in February. The band will return to the States with a run of west coast dates scheduled throughout the month of April. Fans can head over to their website for ticket info.
Side Effects Tracklisting
1.”Small Talk (Feeling Control)”
2.”Hallelujah Strike Gold”
5.”Out of Doors”
8. “Head Spinning”
9. “Introduce Me”