NEW VIDEO “I’M TOO TRUE” AT THE SKINNY, DEBUT LP
EXIT YOUTH OUT NOW ON MUCKMAN RECORDS
RIYL: Prince, Joy Division, No Age, Deerhunter, TV on the Radio, The Jesus and Mary Chain
Shepherds Photo [L-R]: Adrian Switon, Peter Cauthorn & Jonathan Merenivitch. Photo by Adam Girardot.
Watch Shepherds’ video for “I’m Too True” at The Skinny
Feb. 16, 2016 — The Skinny has premiered Atlanta post-punk noise/soul outfit Shepherds’ new video for their single “I’m Too True” off their late-2015 debut LP Exit Youth. This comes on the heels of coverage at Stereogum, Ghettoblaster and more. Shepherds’ Exit Youth is available now on Muckman Records.
Shepherds is a minimalist rock trio from Atlanta, GA. Powered by the unique three drum setup of Adrian Switon and the hypnotic, driving bass of Peter Cauthorn, the band plays a style of music rife with noise and melody moulded by the lacerating guitar and vocals of Jonathan Merenivitch. Their past bands range from the futuristic R&B of Janelle Monae to the confrontational avant-garde noise of the George Bataille Battle Cry and the dream pop of Mood Rings. Currently playing with bassist Ross Politi (Del Venicci, Carnivores), their debut record Exit Youth is about “getting old and realizing your dreams aren’t gonna come true.”
Written and recorded over a three year period, it chronicles a period in songwriter and lyricist Jonathan Merenivitch’s life where he began to reexamine his decision to devote his life to music. Produced by composer and engineer Chris Brooker, it is a sprawling journey into shitty day jobs, pure artistic devotion and career suicide. It explores a wide variety of sounds (noise, musique concrete, synth pop, r&b) but is mostly comprised of skeptical, minimalist rock music.
“Floats and shimmers in gentle waves, its ethereal sounds drawing from synthpop, shoegaze, R&B, and noise-rock.” – Stereogum
“A tantalizing mix of postpunk, soul and alt rock.” – PureVolume
“A hypnotic blend of post-punk, shoegaze and indie pop anchored by a driving four-on-the-floor pulse. … Parallels the brooding cadence of Joy Division or The Fall … but unlike the jagged grooves of classic post-punk, Shepherds feels more rounded, free and unstable.” – Creative Loafing
“A squall of unrelenting noise … like some mindbent freak on a DMT trip ran The Beatles’ ‘Get Back’ through a meat grinder.” – Ghettoblaster Magazine
“Hard to pin down on a first listen—a mix of scraping proto-punk noise and genuinely soulful vocals that sounds like the radio dial got stuck between a station blasting Fun House and another playing Smokey Robinson. The abrasion is a carefully considered aesthetic choice rather than a crutch. These guys can actually play, and they’re making something unique.” – Atlanta Music Roundtable