For a moment there, Los Angeles based band The Shelters seemed like21st 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. Bynow, 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, theirfull-length is a blast of Southern Californian rock and roll from a four-piece likethey used to make them, when the factory was still up and running. Co-producedby 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 gutfeeling about what they could be. He gave the Shelters the keys to his homestudio and showed them a few things. Though mostly he left them alone, Pettyhad 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 onbecoming a band. A real band.
One listen to their single "Rebel Heart," or any one of the other eleven songs ontheir debut, and you'll know they pulled it off. Led by the songs, harmonies andtwin-guitar sound of Chase Simpson and Josh Jove, and powered by drummerSebastian Harris's groove obsession, the band has put together a collection ofrecordings that have an immediacy, an emotion, and a musical intelligence thatsuggests these boys are beyond their years.
People are going to reference some of the great rock and roll bands of yesterdayand today. But this is no tribute show. The sounds they've made seem to havebeen dragged from the vaults and forced to fit the present. It's all a beautifulreminder 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 touredrecently with the likes of Gary Clark Jr, Mudcrutch, The Kooks, The WildFeathers, BRONCHO, Atlas Genius, The Struts and more, plus made majorfestival appearances across the country. They will tour the nation at theend of 2016, including a run of shows with Band Of Horses in October.