|James Petralli of White Denim. All photos (c) PMR|
Fun, freewheeling performance by White Denim at Mr. Smalls Tuesday. The whole evening had an easygoing vibe. The band's guitarist and bass player worked the merch table before the show and chatted with fans. Then, after the opener, Clear Plastic Masks (who nearly started their set without their guitarist, who had gone missing), White Denim came on stage and set up all their own gear.
The performance itself felt like one big medley, with very few breaks in between songs, which easily bled into one another during some viruosic jamming from all four bandmembers. There were jazzy interludes and extended solos. The band mostly played songs off their new album, the excellent Corsicana Lemonade, and a few off of D. When there was a break in the music, to allow the band to catch their collective breaths, lead singer James Petralli had very little to say the crowd. I feel like this let the energy sag and put a bit of a damper on what was otherwise an extremely enjoyable performance.
At one break someone yelled out that the band should play "All Consolation," a deep cut off of Fits. "You wanna do that one?" Petralli asked the band. And off they went, at a breakneck punk intensity that harkened back to their early days as a trio.
After the performance - no encore was necessary - all four of the members stuck around to sign autographs and take pictures. The fans were breathless with their praise.
Here are some photos from the evening:
CLEAR PLASTIC MASKS
-- B. Conway