White Denim

Last Days of Summer

Texas Platters

White Denim

Last Day of Summer

Austin's White Denim makes the most of every "staycation." Like Workout Holiday, the then-power trio's 2008 European debut, Last Day of Summer was cut between tours and taken from sessions that will comprise the band's forthcoming third LP for Downtown Records. Despite the circumstances, Summer's actually the band's most consistent work to date, a 12-song collection of squiggly jazz-pop anchored by the romantic inclinations of singer/guitarist James Petralli, whose layered vocals double in each channel. Drummer Josh Block, bassist Steve Terebecki, and new guitarist Austin Jenkins flex their considerable chops in the opening double-time revision of Fits' "I'd Have It Just the Way We Were" and a pair of puzzlelike instrumentals featuring guest saxophonist Alex Coke. These Mothers of Reinvention dabble in kaleidoscopic bubblegum pop ("Home Together") and Western soul ("If You're Changing"), while landing a certifiable classic in "Tony Fatti." Currently available as a free download with an optional donation feature, Last Day of Summer dials up a bargain at any price.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More White Denim
Texas Platters
White Denim
Side Effects (Record Review)

Rachel Rascoe, April 5, 2019

Texas Platters
White Denim
Performance (Record Review)

Rachel Rascoe, Aug. 24, 2018

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Austin Powell
SXSW Music Spotlight: Ural Thomas & the Pain
SXSW Music Spotlight: Ural Thomas & the Pain
Portland soul singer gets his second act

March 11, 2022

Spoon’s Britt Daniel confronts <I>Lucifer on the Sofa</I>
Spoon’s Britt Daniel confronts Lucifer on the Sofa
Q&A on his return to Austin and making a real rock record

Feb. 11, 2022


White Denim

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle