By White Denim
Reviewing 'Shake Shake Shake' has allowed me to listen to Texan trio White Denim for the very first time. I had heard good things about their debut album 'Workout Holiday' and wanted to know just what I was missing. They also have a name that reminds me of a time (in the 90s) when I owned a pair of white Versace jeans that I picked up on the cheap from the local TK Maxx.
With the band likened to 80's punk rockers Minutemen I was expecting to be blown away by 'Shake Shake Shake', but unfortunately this wasn't the case. The similarities are definitely there, but for me I'm just not getting it. It is Garage rock, and with the odd yelp of laughter in the background these guys are obviously enjoying it. I can't help thinking that the only other people enjoying it will be 16 year olds forcing it upon themselves in order to look cool (a bit like I was with those jeans).
The first thing that strikes me upon listening to the single the whole way through is the lack of vocals. Now, I'm not the kind of person who thinks that a "proper song" should include vocals all the way through, but this needs to be backed up by something meaty musically. For me the meatiest thing about this track is the ding ding ding of a cowbell half way through.
The general sound is choppy sloppy guitars (which can be a good thing) and a lot of shouting "Shake Shake Shake" towards the end. Musically the sound is good, and not too distant from something The Ramones could've churned out, but it needs a good vocal over the top of it and in essence it feels like an unfinished track. It's a bit like going for a dump with nothing to read... it just doesn't feel right.
To finish, I think the track would be more suited to an advert for some new extreme form of hair wax rather than the shelves of a record shop. I am however going to listen to some of their other material to see how it differs to this as I am sure they wouldn't be at the stage they are if they were all about this track.