White Denim: “Light Up Or Leave Me Alone”

Photo by Mark Seliger

Earlier this year, dozens of Austin musicians came together for All ATX: All Along The Moontower, a compilation album celebrating psychedelic rock in all its glory. But more importantly, the album’s proceeds benefit HAAM, the Health Alliance For Austin Musicians, as well as the future non-profit All ATX Music Factory. This week, we’re highlighting some more cuts from All ATX to remind you the album would make a great holiday gift (wink wink, nudge nudge).

If psychedelia is about stretching boundaries, then Traffic were true pioneers in the field. Across many of their early ’70s albums, Traffic was more of a jazz band than a rock outfit, allowing improvisation to dictate their songs while still keeping everything tightly composed. White Denim is a perfect fit for this sound; they can stretch out when they want to, but they hit with the power of a well-heeled rock band. White Denim tries a speedy take on Traffic’s “Light Up Or Leave Me Alone”listen to the song below and grab a copy of All ATX exclusively at Waterloo Records.

–Art Levy

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