White Denim – Stiff (Released 25th March)

£19.99 – LP & CD

White Denim have announced Stiff, their sixth studio record that sees the Austin quartet return to their frenetic rock band roots and is described by frontman James Petralli as a “high heat, high energy, good times record.” Out 25th March 2016 via Downtown / Sony RedStiff is both a jubilant thrill ride and joyous celebration of their past ten years – two qualities that lay at the heart of the outrageously shredding first single ‘Holda You (I’m Psycho)’. The band also return to the UK next month, where they’ll headline London’s Islington Assembly Hall and Manchester’s Deaf Institute.

Heading into the studio with an external producer to oversee a whole album for the first time – and even writing a tune with Cass McCombs (‘Thank You’) – the band teamed up with the legendary Ethan Johns (Paul McCartneyLaura MarlingThe Staves) to produce their first truly live record. With drummer Joshua Block and guitarist Austin Jenkins now pursuing other production ventures, Petralli and bassist Steve Terebecki teamed up with new guitarist Jonathan Horne and drummer Jeffrey Olson, gaining a beefed-up rhythm section and a reinvigorated White Denim sound, resulting in some of their biggest and brawniest songs to date.

Stiff is full of high octane turns. Right from the beginnings of the Red Krayola-sampling ‘Had 2 Know (Personal)‘ to the tremendously fun ‘Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)’, every track sounds like a band re-energised and revitalised. Having previously sold out Shepherd’s Bush Empire, played on Later with Jools Holland, plus having toured with Tame Impala and Arctic MonkeysStiff is full to the brim with songs that now sound ready to lift White Denim to similar heights, with added influences ranging from Elvis Costello circa This Year’s Model, Buzzcocks pop-punk and ’70s soul.

The artwork – which was created by collagist Eugenia Loli – was inspired by the band’s previous album covers and videos, which Loli used as a visual template. It’s a fleeting visit to a place the band have been before, as the covers of Workout Holiday and D were collages too.

Ultimately, Stiff is the sound of a band finding their feet again and having the time of their lives. “We thought, what’s the fundamental thing that made us want to get into a van and quit our terrible jobs and start this whole thing in the first place?” Petralli says. “And the answer was loud, fast-playing, rock and roll.”

STANDARD TRACKLISTING
  1. Had 2 Know
  2. Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)
  3. Holda You (I’m Psycho)
  4. There’s a Brain in My Head
  5. Take it Easy (Ever After Lasting Love)
  6. (I’m The One) Big Big Fun
  7. Real Deal Momma
  8. Mirrored In Reverse
  9. Thank You

 

Click and Collect

“Although there is no legal obligation to purchase this record, we hope and trust that you have made a commitment to collect and pay for this item in our shop. We have constructed this method of pre ordering to help provide a better service for you the loyal customer. It also helps us in buying the correct amount of records to stock, and by doing this we hope to pass on some great offers and incentives. If there are any delays, changes to price etc we will notify you by email and update you accordingly.

“By requesting our click & collect service you also agree to be added to our new release mailing list, meaning that from time to time you will receive emails notifying you of new or special vinyl releases before any one else. You can always opt out of these emails at a later date should you wish.

“Thanks for your support, and enjoy the music! - P&V”

Drop a file here or click to upload Choose File
Maximum upload size: 3.15MB