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James and the Drifters have been traveling musical roads together for 8 years, dusting up the tour van and turning jam sessions and emotional narratives into self-produced records. The Drifters' sound is a joyous mix of rock and roll riffs, spirited acoustic jangle, and loose-lipped harmonies that rise into the air like smoke from a distant fire. The band, which consists of Kyle Jackson(vocals, guitar), Andy Scheer(guitar, vocals), Anthony Giraldi(Bass, Vocals, Sampling), and Dan Willig(drums), build immense sounds that are as raucous as a barroom tangle and as intimate as a whispered conversation under a blanketed night sky.
Their beginnings as a brotherhood(and eventually brotherhood turned band) reach back to the small town of Huntington, Indiana in 2010. Back then they were figuring out who they were as musicians and who they were as people. It was clear there was something special brewing between these Midwestern musicians, and thru several self-produced albums(and some personnel changes along the way) James and the Drifters have become one of the best Midwestern rock bands working today. Tight and precise musicianship, earnestly heartfelt songs, and the arena-ready heft of a band ready to take over the world. For James and the Drifters' second full-length release, titled The Glow, the band recorded at Off The Cuff Sound in Fort Wayne, Indiana with Jason Davis and will be releasing the album with Neat Neat Neat Records. The album will be released February 1st, 2019, and it sees the band at their absolute best.
Over the course of several months of writing and spending weekends camped at Off The Cuff and working with Neat Neat Neat Records co-label head Morrison Agen, the Drifters built their most complex sonic world yet. Album opener "Dying Season" swirls and sways in soaring four-part harmonies and a sonically rich musical landscape that gives the song both modern sheen and dusty classicist leanings. A nod to the past and the future. "Stars" is yet another stellar mixture of pop majesty and Americana grit. Through all of the studio perfection there's still an air of small town nights and friends playing their hearts out in an old, dilapidated barn on the outskirts of Huntington County, Indiana. Lead single "Tides" is a perfect coming together of modern rock complexities with masterful pop leanings. A rhythm you fall right into, subtle keys, and the universal theme of love that needs a place to go, and grow.
The Glow is a masterful mix of longing, jangly earnestness, and heavy hitting musicianship that will make believers of every set of ears it hits. James and the Drifters have released their most full, complex, and intricate record yet with The Glow.