The Gum Creek Killers -- Coat of Arms EP
Originally posted on Adobe and Teardrops.
This band is from Birmingham, AL and is fronted by Duquette Johnston. And if that isn't a southern name, I don't know what is.
My first impression of their EP, Coat of Arms, is that it's highly-polished Americana. After reading this article, I learned that the band is a supergroup of local indie musicians. This influence is most evident in the third song, "Los Angeles," written by singer Janet Simpson-Templin, the "indiest" of the bunch. And that's fine -- after such powerful pieces as "The Shot" and "Tonight," we can all use a break. At the end of the day, what makes Gum Creek Killers really stand out from the pack is their truly passionate, heartfelt vocals.
Gum Creek Killers brings just the right amount of indie sensitivity to alt-country. Their songs are certainly radio-friendly. And I sure wouldn't complain if they write more songs like "Tonight." I dare you to download their FREE EP and not hum that song the day after you listen to it.
You can download the EP here.