Chase Simpson (vocals/guitar)
Josh Jove (vocals/guitar)
Sebastian Harris (drums
Jacob Pillot (bass)
For a moment there, Los Angeles based band The Shelters seemed like 21st century rock ‘n roll’s best kept secret. But word got out. It started in the clubs. And everyone who saw them thought maybe he or she had gotten there first. By now, however, it’s clear that they’ll all have to share.
The Shelters have their self-titled debut LP coming June 10th on Warner Bros. Records. Just like the EP they released last October as an album preview, their full-length is a blast of Southern Californian rock and roll from a four-piece like they used to make them, when the factory was still up and running. Co-produced by Tom Petty, this album comes at you from behind, nothing you were expecting.
The Shelters had just banded together when Petty heard them and got a gut feeling about what they could be. He gave the Shelters the keys to his home studio and showed them a few things. Though mostly he left them alone, Petty had enough sense to leave the gear powered up. Maybe they were determined to show him he hadn’t made a mistake. Maybe they just liked the way those old tube amps sounded. They seized the moment and got to work, insistent on becoming a band. A real band.
One listen to their single “Rebel Heart,” or any one of the other eleven songs on their debut, and you’ll know they pulled it off. Led by the songs, harmonies and twin-guitar sound of Chase Simpson and Josh Jove, and powered by drummer Sebastian Harris’s groove obsession, the band has put together a collection of recordings that have an immediacy, an emotion, and a musical intelligence that suggests these boys are beyond their years.
People are going to reference some of the great rock and roll bands of yesterday and today. But this is no tribute show. The sounds they’ve made seem to have been dragged from the vaults and forced to fit the present. It’s all a beautiful reminder that rock and roll may have slipped out of view for minute, but it’s still out there, alive in the hands of the ones who need it the most.
The Shelters, now including Jacob Pillot on bass, have toured recently with the likes of Gary Clark Jr, Mudcrutch, The Kooks, The Wild Feathers, BRONCHO, Atlas Genius, The Struts and more, plus made major festival appearances across the country. They will tour the nation at the end of 2016, including a run of shows with Band Of Horses in October.
RECENT PRESS FOR THE SHELTERS:
“…these L.A. rockers are the spitting image of Byrds-Beatles garage rock…” —Rolling Stone
“…heartland rock album with a feel-good Southern California vibe that has been missing from rock ‘n’ roll since the ‘70s.”—Paste
“The Shelters exist somewhere indeterminately between Tom Petty’s “American Girl” and The Strokes “Last Night,” crafting a hitting-energy blend of garage rock and old fashioned Americana.” —PopMatters
“These young cats are rock missionaries” – Jambase
“It’s as if the Laurel Canyon harmonies of the 1970s spent the glam rock ‘80s in The Viper Room on the Sunset Strip before getting a 2015 update in Silverlake.” – Paste
“Their unique sound, marked by harmonies and guitar solos, had just the right amount of nuance to distinguish them from other thrashy rock outfits at Beach Goth. Most surprising standout. -LA Music Blog
“The music is a blast of missionary Brit Invasion-ish, bluesy simplicity with jagged indierock corners, a collection of fast little rock grinders that don’t stray very far from the harmonic footprint established long ago by the Beatles.” – San Diego Reader
“Ought to have fans of guitar rock genuflecting…they are much more, in sophistication and skill, than a garage band…classic, yet current” – Buzzbands LA
“Congrats Shelters, you’ve shown us it’s still possible to have a homemade, non-cookie cutter rock band that can make their own style without blatantly ripping off other artists” – Hear and Now
“You know when a band is good – really good – when after each song you’re hanging on for more” – AXS.com
“Their Laurel Canyon tinted rock echoes back to a time where rock swagger danced with heavenly aspiration – capturing the attention of critics and audiences alike – ArtistDirect
On February 26, LA-based Run River North will release Drinking From A Salt Pond, the follow up LP to their 2014 self-titled debut. Working with producer Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, Deap Vally, HEALTH, Matt and Kim), the band leave behind its familiar folksy roots to craft an ambitious rock album. During the writing of Drinking From A Salt Pond, the band admits to flaring tempers and tense operations as they worked to redefine their sound, goals and relationships. Embracing their natural growth, Run River North lean on each other and learn to trust themselves along the way in order to make something brutally honest, lasting and truly beautiful. Produced by Phil Ek (Built To Spill, The Shins, Father John Misty), the debut album landed at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. With heaps of praise from fans and critics alike, NPR writes, “Run River North stays the course – and finds success,” and Esquire hails, “because modern folk this richly layered has a high degree of difficulty…and [Run River North] nail the landing.” With a nearly sold-out debut North American headline tour, the band has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, VH-1 “Big Morning Buzz,” CMT “Concrete Country,” Last Call With Carson Daly, and Emmy-winning PBS series Artbound. All this follows features with The Wall Street Journal, NPR Weekend Edition, NPR Here & Now, Entertainment Weekly, American Songwriter, Daytrotter, American Way, KPCC 89.3 and TeamCoco, the official website of Conan. Run River North is Alex Hwang (lead vocals, guitars), Daniel Chae (vocals, strings), Jennifer Rim (strings), Joe Chun (bass, vocals), John Chong (drums, vocals) and Sally Kang (vocals, keyboards).
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