Coo Coo Birds
628 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA, 94117
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Austin's White Denim have confirmed their new album 'Stiff,' out March 25th, 2016 via Downtown Records. 'Stiff' comes three years after their critical and commercial breakout 'Corsicana Lemonade' which landed the band bookings with Kimmel (from SXSW), Austin City Limits, Letterman, Conan, and Jools Holland, raves from Rolling Stone, SPIN, WSJ, Gorilla vs. Bear + more, and headlining slots at their biggest venues to date by far. Turns out they were just getting warmed up.
For 'Stiff,' White Denim enlisted producer Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, Laura Marling), the first time the band has worked with an outside producer for an entire album. The album was recorded completely live to 16-track tape with few overdubs, and the resulting 9 adrenaline-fueled tracks signal a return to White Denim's frenetic rock band roots.
Lead cut "Holda You (I'm Psycho)" premiered this morning via NPR Music. The song sounds like a band re-energized and revitalized, resulting in what vocalist/guitarist James Petralli calls a "high heat, high energy, good times record."
While 'Stiff' remains distinctively White Denim, there's a reinvigoration permeating through the album via new guitarist Jonathan Horne and a beefed-up rhythm section thanks to the work of new drummer Jeffrey Olson. Petralli explains: "We learned a lot making 'D' and 'Corsicana Lemonade.' We wanted to take some of those lessons and apply them back to our original mission statement and get back to some of the things that made us excited about the band in the first place."
The Red Krayola-sampling opener "Had 2 Know (Personal)" is the embodiment of that mission statement. Petralli describes it as "a reassertion of our initial intent to make songs that satisfy our urge to play fast." Meanwhile, the tremendously fun "Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)" leans more towards old-school, 70's-style groove with an anthemic chorus. "Thank You," co-written with Cass McCombs showcases the band's soulful grit.
Coo Coo Birds
"Hold Onto Your Girlfriends, the Coo Coo Birds Have Arrived. The Coo Coo Birds embody timeless rock ‘n’ roll attitude, with their era-spanning sound drawing from garage, psychedelic, and 50′s rock, all created in the old convent in San Francisco where the band resides. Band Name: Coo Coo Birds Hometown: San Francisco Born Date: Jan 2012 Sounds Like: Boiler Pot Rock n’ Roll at its best. The 1950′s got a new skate board, then fell off when 1967 tripped him. Then 1977 came along and beat them both up for it, and all three were arrested by Officer 2012. Fun Fact: The band lives in an ex-Convent turned artist community, and derives much of their inspiration from this unique SF scene. " — Katie Kopacz, Sf Station