Sounds Like: My Morning Jacket, if Fleet Foxes rocked, Midlake, Band of Horses, chicken-fried Radiohead
Why You Should Care: This what you want playing when you are dodging guitar bullets coming out of your speakers as you are chasing after the mythical unicorns of Kamchatka. (at least this is what I was feeling) Otherwise, this drips with the type of energy that will make anyone want to start a band, get into a trance on the dark lonesome highway and see how fast you can get that old duster going, or just rock some serious air-lap-steel in your living room.
Following the path laid down by fellow state-mates Tom Petty, Criteria Studios (which produced Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and The Eagle's Hotel California), and Iron & Wine, the Roadkill Ghost Choir stand out as a beacon of hope for the music coming out of Florida in the coming years. Composed of six gents who look like they just stepped off the set of Dazed and Confused, "Drifter" is a roller coaster ride of a tune that comes charging out of the gates with a southern rock attitude that’s been dipped into a dream tank and then blended with folk music and some rock cojones to launch it into the stratosphere.
Wowzers, what does that even mean?
Well, just imagine if at the 4:30 minute mark of this song, the Kool-Aid Kid blew through the wall in a hazy dream and started rocking out washed in a strobe light (ok maybe that’s not any better either). Anyway, let’s put the descriptions aside, because the thing that really blew me away about this track was the way these six musicians played together to create their brand of dreamy, brooding southern rock. As you listen or watch the video, you will notice that no one musician is playing over anyone else or stepping on any toes to get out front and show the audience what they can do. Instead, everyone is intently listening to one another to figure out how a guitar, bass, piano, lap steel or banjo flourish can fill a little space that will simply add to the whole, rather than trying to solitarily distinguish itself within the song at the expense of any other component. It's like the old saying there is no "I" in "Team". I think this statement is just as true for music in a band. If everyone puts their egos aside and works together as a team, they can create music that benefits from the sum of the parts and elevates it to a place that would be unattainable if you relied simply on the strength of a single musician. And the Roadkill Ghost Choir are a band that has assembled quite the team.
Dig it? Of course you do. Well you’re in luck! Roadkill Ghost Choir has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help get their album finished and pressed. So if you’re like me and can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this beast, then make with the clicking so this thing can see the light of day.