This is one of those albums I've been saving for a rainy day, though ironically, we haven't had a drop of precipitation all weekend. Atlanta's Shepherds of Hot Pavement were yet another find I made at my college radio station some seventeen years ago. Not many places online have much to wax about this atmospheric indie trio, who fall squarely in the sonic realm of Springhouse and vintage Catherine Wheel. The seven songs situated here are awash in the perfect melange of curtailed feedback and clean, echoing fretboard-runs, topped off by TL Lange's graceful vocal aplomb. If you were enthusiastic about my previous features on Edsel, Rotator Cuff and Majesty Crush, the Shepherds will be of notable interest to you. If anyone can enlighten me anymore on these folks, don't be a stranger. Some bloody splendid stuff here. Hopefully there's more than this all too fleeting mini album floating around out there.
Some live footage of the band can be experienced via a facebook video stream. Also, it turns out that drummer Chandler Rentz plays in the more current, Snowden, who I would also highly recommend.
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