The Autumn City formed in August 2013. The band consists of vocalist Jordan Willard, guitarists Nick Lockard and Zach Lacefield, bassist Dylan Pitman and drummer/percussionist Chris Wesselhoft. Rooted in the city of Texarkana, Texas, the town that dreaded sundown, the band formed with the purpose of making music with themes of emotion, creativity, adventure and good vibes.
With the listener in mind, The Autumn City wants to set an atmosphere of positivity and familiarity with good music. Within a few weeks of formation, the group caught the ear of award-winning producer and engineer Frank Pryor, owner of Artistry Recordings. The band signed with the label and starting December 3rd, will release a new single every month for the next twelve months.
The first single, “Shadow’s Home” is a no-pretense single, designed to do one thing and one thing only–give you a really good time! The doing of this takes some rather interesting turns. It is an up-tempo emotional tune couched in a sing-along chorus, and provides a nice showcase for some great singing from Willard, before Lockard and Lacefield turns it into a guitar flavored rocker, and it says a lot that these two sections are made to meld together with absolute believability.
The best part of the song is the emotional bridge, which has a passionate and soulful “I can see you moving between the trees / as if you were trying to say something to me…”over a catchy beat. There are gentle and touching moments here as well, but the chorus really soars, with Willard’s gravelly delivery backed by some really uplifting harmonies, which take the song to a great climax. Pitman and Wesselhoft never fall behind, making sure the band’s engine-room grinds steadily ahead, without faltering along the way. The song’s catchy lyrics and foot tapping beat will have you up singing and dancing in no time whatsoever!
The only downside you’ll find here is the same downside I found…….It’s too damn short! We need an album from these guys, right now. I can just imagine them cranking out these great, groovy songs that listeners can’t help falling in love with.
I listen to “Shadow’s Home” every time I get in my car and it never fails to get me drumming on my steering wheel! Jordan Willard’s voice and phrasing of the sometimes catchy, often heartfelt lyrics are amazing. If you are looking for Alter, you don’t have to look any further…..this is it!
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