WHITE DENIM + CLEAR PLASTIC MASKS @ THE TROUBADOUR
Photos and words by Scott Sheff
Austin’s White Denim returned to LA to let loose with two sold-out shows at The Troubadour.
Last time White Denim was in town, they were the first of two openers for The Flaming Lips at The Greek Theatre. As an opener, the band was limited and confined by the time allotted to play. However, as the headliner, the four-piece band was given the time and freedom to truly explore its brand of garage rock with extended jams and an ample set of songs to fill the night.
But the band doesn’t just improvise with its music; they also improvise with their set lists, too. The band deviated from its planned set list and mixed things up after hearing a crowd request to play “Street Joy.” A few songs later, the band played another song requested from the crowd, with lead singer/guitarist James Petralli responding: “Let’s do it. Tonight we’re gonna do it your way. And change our name to Burger King.”
While the sold-out crowd was a bit sparse at the start for opener Clear Plastic Masks’ set, the venue quickly filled to catch most of the brilliant sounds by the Nashville-based rock & rollers. Lead singer/guitarist/fast-talker Andrew Katz entertained the crowd between songs with his Elvis-like “Thank you, thank you very much,” and even shared an interesting personal story about taking mescaline, and how that experience compared to what fans were about to hear from White Denim. “If mescaline were a band, it would be White Denim.”