White Denim at Rock Lobster: Shake Shake Shake the Night Away

White denim used to be all the rage. In the 1980’s, you saw it on mini-skirts, tight jeans ragged with holes, jackets, everything: it was the symbol of a new American fashion, a modern take on that old standby of the working class, blue jeans. Thirty years later, white denim as clothing has all but died, but the term has new meaning for those with an interest in new frontiers of psyche rock and musical experimentalism. Austin, Texas based four piece White Denim have been redefining one of the 80’s worst fashion mistakes with their pastiche of rockabilly, jam band meandering, garage scuzziness, and the computer based mastery that is usually the sole territory of electronic artists. Oh yeah, and they’re also reputed to have one of the most energetic live shows around. This Wednesday, June 29, 2011, White Denim will be performing for rabid Indianapolis music fans at Rock Lobster.

Official music video for “Shake Shake Shake” by White Denim; White Denim will be performing in Indianapolis on June 29, 2011

White Denim was officially founded in 2006, after the band Parque Torche lost a member, revamped its style, and changed its name. White Denim’s first two EP’s both came out in 2007, and there was some overlap in songs, creating some confusion. The first EP, Let’s Talk About It, was originally released only as a 7″, and the band later released a “tour EP” called Workout Holiday; both were re-released later, one on iTunes and the other from record label RCRD LBL. Both Let’s Talk About It and Workout Holiday showcased the trio’s manic style, with sped up guitar loops backgrounding speedy chord and rhythm changes and the powerful, frenetic drumming of Joshua Block. The two releases led to increased exposure for the band and a spat of touring (including stints at SXSW and CMJ Music Marathon) that earned White Denim the “Best New Band Award” at the 2008 Austin Music Awards. Later in 2008, the band released Exposion, it’s first U.S. full release that used re-recordings of many familiar tracks from Workout Holiday and Let’s Talk About It.

Video of White Denim performing “Street Joy” at the Ghost Room in Austin; White Denim will be playing at Rock Lobster in Indianapolis on June 29, 2011

Since 2008, White Denim has released about an album a year, each one showcasing new turns and wrinkles in the band’s style while keeping with the manic creativity of their debut. Fits released in 2009 with a slightly more restrained, streamlined approach to songwriting (some of the songs maintained a single theme for its entire duration, a novelty for White Denim) and earned the band favorable press from influential media like Pitchfork, The Guardian, and NME. Though not an official album, White Denim released Last Day of Summer as a free download in 2011. Their latest album, D, was released in late May of 2011; expect to hear tracks from their entire catalog should you see them at Rock Lobster.

Video of an interview with White Denim at SXSW in 2011; White Denim will be playing at Rock Lobster in Indianapolis on June 29, 2011

To see one of the country’s greatest party bands (that’s miles above a cover band) at one of Indy‘s greatest party bars, head to Rock Lobster in Broad Ripple Village on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 to see White Denim in action. Supporting the Austin psych trio at the Indianapolis bar will be Mazes and The Static Jacks (a band from Westfield, Indiana). Tickets to this Indianapolis event are $8 in advance, and they can be bought at a variety of Indianapolis businesses, including LUNA Music, Indy CD and Vinyl, and Radio Radio, in addition to online here. It may not be the last day of summer, but you can party like it is with White Denim at Rock Lobster this Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

White Denim w/ Mazes, Divine Time, The Static Jacks
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8
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Rock Lobster

820 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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