Californian singer Hanni El Khatib and Austin quartet White Denim are kindred spirits in the rock & roll game. Both trade in crunchy, emotionally raw, old-school R&B, with a souped-up modern sound. Their bond will be further strengthened when they play two East Coast shows together to celebrate their Falls Festival 2013 appearances.
Hailing from San Francisco, Hanni El Khatib cut his musical teeth penning songs that were “part blues, part garage rock, part soul, part folk and part doo wop.” An Americana-obsessive, El Khatib’s chance meeting in Paris with a fellow traditionalist, Dan Auerbach of garage blues duo The Black Keys, resulted in El Khatib’s sophomore LP, Head In The Dirt. This eclectic and soulful modern take on R&B has been mobilising critics and listeners alike since its April release.
White Denim’s blazing mix of punk rock, psychedelia, Southern rock and bizarre funk comes screaming out of the garage like a jet engine. Having recently released their fifth studio album, Corsicana Lemonade, this Texas four-piece will be playing their first-ever Australian shows when they head Down Under for Falls. Crowds are going to be gripped by the band’s stage presence, amazed by their energy, and floored by their tunes.
To coincide with their highly-anticipated appearances at Falls Festival 2013, Hanni El Khatib and White Denim will be kicking off two very special shows at Melbourne’s home of noise, the Corner Hotel on Sunday, 5th January, with Money For Rope, before finishing off at the Annandale Hotel in Sydney, when they’ll be joined by Greta Mob.
Hanni El Khatib & White Denim Falls Festival 2013 Sideshows
Sunday, 5th January
Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tix: Via Corner Hotel
Tuesday, 7th January
Annandale Hotel, Sydney
Tix: Via OzTix