White Denim Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 1
Published Aug 02, 2014White Denim opened with the bluesy stylings of "Pretty Green," launching right into guitar solos and setting the tone for a truly epic rock show. While the Black Keys are wallowing in synths, these guys are still delivering rockin' blues at 90 mph. For their entire set, they owned both sides of the coin, being just as enjoyable reeling it back on a soulful track as they were shaking the tent. They could keep a tune when the lyrics were in the driving seat and when it came time to jam, they somehow got even tighter and really started to shine.
Every band member had their moment in the sun but it was drummer Joshua Block who glued everything together with his seemingly improvised rhythms. He led the procession into "At Night in Dreams," followed by deliciously catchy riffs that then erupted into a slew of dirty solos. At the song's peak, the band beautifully segued into "Mess Your Hair Up," which rose and rose until a thundering zenith was reached. When it finally did end, it left everyone frazzled and gasping for more. Alas, it was a short slot on stage too small for a band of such talent.