Roadkill Ghost Choir
Southern bands seem to have a special affinity for assimilating disparate styles and hammering them into their own unique sonic sculptures. Roadkill Ghost Choir is a case in point; the band most often garners fair comparisons to Tom Petty and Radiohead, due to its heartland Rock stance and tendency toward ephemeral atmospherics. There are clear (and less cryptic) Bob Dylan reference points on RGC’s debut album, 2014’s In Tongues, and My Morning Jacket gets a nod because of frontman Andrew Shepard’s vocal similarity to Jim James. But there is also an amazing sophistication and understanding at work in RGC’s approach. “A Blow to the Head” shreds like Ryan Adams or Jeff Tweedy at their uneasiest and most emotional, all of it layered with the glittery intensity of OK Computer.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: Tom Petty and Jim James call OK Computer’s tech support line and ask if their refrigerator is running. (BB)