Release Date: Jun 8, 2004
Record label: V2 / Luaka Bop
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Alt-Country
Jim White grew up in Pensacola, Florida, got hooked on drugs and Jesus, and spent some time both as a surfer and as a fashion model in Milan. Zany! Musically, he comes from a deep, twisted place where bizarre juxtapositions occur as second nature, and terms like "alt.country" are far too prosaic to contain music which might equally be called post-bebop, spook-folk or ghoulish horror soundtrack. His lyrics are like murmured streams of consciousness, hugely evocative but always resistant to literal interpretation.
Jim White writes like a Southern gentlemen. When he released his cryptic debut, Wrong-Eyed Jesus, in 1997, he was approaching 40, and with each record his civil invective and genuine yearning for redemption have become more focused, culminating in an eccentric -- yet fully realized -- body of work that requires no aging to prove itself worthy. Drill a Hole in That Substrate and Tell Me What You See preens like an alley cat with a bellyful of chicken scraps.