What it comes down to is engagement. Bands are best when they are connecting with each other and the audience. Unfortunately, the members of White Denim spent too much time watching themselves play their own instruments instead of looking around to see where the journey could go. When they did make eye contact, the most inspired music flowed out. Aside from guitarist Austin Jenkins, who is the newest member of the group, the other members rarely smiled. There is such a spirited energy that comes off a band when you can tell that they're having a good time. I found my eyes drifting to Jenkins for much of the show for this reason. The members of White Denim don't solo much. They play like a math equation, constantly reciprocating each other as a unit, so there aren't many times for them to feel the appreciation from the crowd, especially with so few breaks.
I bought D on vinyl after the show, considering they played every song from it. When I get some time to drop the needle, I want them to assuage my doubts. As with any band, I hope that I can become a dyed-in-the-wool fanboy... enough that not going tomorrow night would devastate me.
WHITE DENIM – 08.13.12 – BROOKLYN BOWL (1 hour, 27 minutes)
Anvil Everything > (Mystery Song) > Bess St. > Shake Shake Shake > River to Consider / Street Joy / If You’re Changing > Mirrored & Reverse > Drug / Is & Is & Is > Keys / Syncn / Tony Fatti / I’d Have It Just the Way We Were > Don’t Look That Way at It > Paint Silver Gold > It’s Him! > Burnished > At the Farm > Say What You Want / All Consolation > El Hard Attack DCWYW > I Start to Run
Mess Your Hair Up
(As I mentioned, I don't know much about White Denim, so I'm pretty sure there was a song between "Anvil Everything" and "Bess St." that I missed. Any help is appreciated, especially if I forgot something else too.)