Texan group White Denim make music for you to live large to. The four-piece has been cooking up a flavoursome blend of blues rock, psychedelia and dub for over 10 years. After hearing their thoroughly absorbing live performance at last weekend’s 6 Music Festival in Bristol, their upcoming album, Stiff, has graduate from ‘maybe someday’ to ‘must-have right away’.
If you’re not able to attend a concert, live albums are the next best way of immersing yourself in a more intimate matter with a performer. It’s more than simply the music. They audibly capture the atmosphere. The energy of the performer(s). The yelps of excitement that greet fan favourites. The chatter, the odd fault and the ticklish laughter that often follows. Triumphant solos, guest appearances, live-only cover songs and affecting finales that sweep you up with the crowd.
No wonder live albums – and live music in general – has become a cure for those lonely nights or times when overtime is unavoidable.