Curtis’ Prime Slices (2/16 – 2/22): Mike Krol, White Denim

White Denim – “Shanalala” [single] – (fuzz rock)

Coming in hot this week is a fiery new single from Austin band White Denim. This song is a mix of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and early Eagles of Death Metal with a really driving chord progression as well as the singers nonchalant vocal delivery. The lyrics aren’t easy to understand through the verses and are almost used as a rhythm part until the chorus, where “I don’t believe you” is repeated. It’s a really simple and effective tune that makes you wanna groove along so check it out.

Mike Krol – Power Chords – (garage rock)

This next album I’m reviewing for two reasons. First, I think it’s a pretty solid and catchy album and second, more people should be listening to Mike Krol even if it’s not this album. Krol broke through with his 2011 debut album I Hate Jazz, an album full of short punky songs with some great hooks like “Fifteen Minutes” & “Natural Disaster.” Now on his fourth studio album, he’s still the same Mike Krol everyone fell in love with but with a heavier and fuller sound while still having all tracks at peaking volume. It’s very consistent all the way through and showcases Krol’s unique blend of garage, pop punk, and indie rock. Show him some love!