Stiff competition from White Denim

The new album by WHITE DENIM: STIFF.
The new album by WHITE DENIM: STIFF.

WHITE DENIM - STIFF

White Denim are one of those bands that seems to have slipped under the radar in the UK, but Stiff, their seventh album, could be the one that finally sees them make a deserved breakthrough. Hailing from Austin, Texas, White Denim wear their musical influences proudly, with the southern boogie of The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd clearly having featured prominently in their youthful playlists... and that is no bad thing. Indeed, Stiff is probably their most accomplished set of songs yet, the band getting down and dirty once more after the commercial sheen so evident on their last album, 2013’s Corsicana Lemonade. Comprising lead vocalist and guitarist James Petralli, bassist Steve Terebecki, guitarist Jonathan Home and drummer Jeff Olson, they certainly know how to kick up an impressive racket, Stiff rocks. Reminiscent of The Black Keys at their best, lead single Holda You (I’m Psycho), the falsetto infused closer Thank You, and (I’m The One) Big Big Fun, exemplify a band at the peak of its powers. Long may they rock.

8/10