White Denim

Side Effects (City Slang)

Texas Platters

In a quick turnaround from last August's Performance, long-jamming Austinites White Denim present nine wayward demos reworked to rejuvenate the spirit of 2010's Last Day of Summer. Now on their eighth LP, the lineup-shifting locals' increased resources since the Aughts show up in wonky electronic inputs and instrumental variety from a rotating musical cast. Backbone duo James Petralli and Steve Terebecki held down production at their own Radio Milk studio, with opener "Small Talk" stacking the rockers' trademark prog workouts. The seven-minute "NY Money" propels pop melodies and spacious detailing, while sharp single "Shanalala" chugs with compact post-punk efficiency. Sauntering smooth-out "Reversed Mirror" harks back to 2016's "Mirrored in Reverse" and "Mirrored and Reverse" from 2009 through an improv-informed psychedelic sprawl. Back to basics, Side Effects draws a dynamic through line to White Denim's jittery origins.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 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
Performance (Record Review)

Rachel Rascoe, Aug. 24, 2018

Playback: White Denim Breaks Free
Playback: White Denim Breaks Free
White Denim’s new LP Performance signals a new era of emancipation for Austin’s prog rockers, and Como Las Movies rides a nuevo wave

Kevin Curtin, 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 Rachel Rascoe
Faster Than Sound: White Horse and Sagebrush Regular Jordan Matthew Young Rises on <i>The Voice</i>
Faster Than Sound: White Horse and Sagebrush Regular Jordan Matthew Young Rises on The Voice
"You're just cool, man." – Nick Jonas

April 9, 2021

Faster Than Sound: SXSW Online Offered Lots to Look Forward To
SXSW Online Offered Lots to Look Forward To
Virtual festival forecasts incoming local debuts and tentative fall touring.

March 26, 2021


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

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

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