Published Nov 30, 2007Maybe I've just given up on it, but from to me 2007 didn't seem to be rock'n'roll's best friend. Saying that is misleading since "rock'n'roll" gets thrown around even more than "indie"; what I mean is dirty, untreated, guitar/bass/organ/drums rock without the bells and whistles (sometimes known as "rawk"). If I peruse the year's best albums, only Black Lips seemed to have kept the torch lit, infusing garage rock with a sense of unbridled fun, melody and variety. But before I close that book, I'd like to throw newcomers White Denim alongside those flower punks, and mark them as a band to watch in 2008. From Dallas, this trio kick out sweaty, believable r'n'r that is both raw and refined, setting them up to be the next best garage band since, well, Black Lips? The Dirtbombs? I dunno. Though they self-released an EP this year called Let's Talk About It, "The World As A Waiting Room" is their official debut single. Released by RCRD LBL, this brisk cut doesn't have the tricks and hooks we're accustom to nowadays; instead what it has is a confident swagger bolstered by an unhinged beat and a rollickin' organ riff. The psychedelic interlude at the midway point throws you for a nice loop, especially when it leads the exodus in fine far out form. All of this and a killer name too.
White Denim "The World As A Waiting Room"
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