Less than a year after the release of their critically acclaimed album Performance, the ever-prolific White Denim have announced their eighth record Side Effects will be released March 29th, 2019 via City Slang. More in line with the experimental, freewheeling spirit of their fan-favorite record Last Day of Summer, Side Effects is a record that captures the essence of the band’s full-throttle live shows. Illustrating this are its two lead singles — “Shanalala” and “NY Money — out now. Featuring a rotating cast of band members led by James Petralli and Steve Terebecki, these tracks draw on the sounds of different personnel to create a cohesive whole – the result being an album that’s as varied and vivacious as anything they’ve ever done.
“Shanalala‘’ sees White Denim embracing a post-punk side in the vein of Suicide – all stuttering, off-kilter electronics and breakneck drum machines. It’s a track that beautifully captures the playful attitude of the album – a song that shows off one of the many outfits White Denim have in their wardrobe. “Side Effects is built around this tune in some ways”, says Petralli, “I remained excited about ‘Shanalala’ so I wrote a few tunes that I thought would work with the mood and atmosphere of the track. Steve got a chuckle out of most of them and wrote great parts, then we staffed the sessions for the songs with musicians that we are inspired by. Then we dubbed and arranged the absolute shit out of them with our partner Jim Vollentine.”