The Shelter People
(The Shelter People)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Blues, Stoner rock
Sounds Like:
Radio Moscow, Graveyard, Blue Cheer
If you’re in the hunt for some genuine 70s inspired blues rock and roll, you’ll have to travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma and check out The Shelter People. The trio lay down some gritty and raw psychedelic infused blues rock on this debut release. We’ve heard tons of blues rock albums over this past year and while most are great albums only a few rise above and stick with us. The Shelter People have definitely grabbed a hold of our crew and that’s no easy feat, especially since this an EP.

The Shelter People have a love for the 60s and 70s classic rock and blues era and it shows. The bands’ name is taken from the late musician Leon Russell, so we know these guys have tremendous influences right off the bat. The music is in classic Blue Cheer styled jam yet they inject their own brand of heaviness into the fold.

Is their one track that stands out?
Not by much, but the last song “Goin’ Back Home” is an instant classic. It has it all; it’s heavy, bluesy and the rhythm change at the 2:45 mark is in classic Sabbath form (this is no way a carbon copy of Black Sabbath, it just has that tremendous heavy blues riff).  

How is the production value?
Raw and heavy with a bottomless bass, the music sounds as if it’s been lifted from the 70s era.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
Go with Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Pennsylvania’s Tröegs Brewing Company. This bold 7.5% (ABV) IPA styled brew goes really will with The Shelter People.

Final thoughts for The Shelter People.
Members Garon Burch, Dakota Hurley and Justin Mathais are off to stellar beginnings to their careers in The Shelter People. Having the classic blues rock structure as the foundation of their music will lead them to all sorts of musical outlets.  At the moment these guys are flying way under the radar, but we can easily see them gathering a strong underground following in due time. We’re also fired up for the next chapter of the band, a full length album cannot come soon enough. - 11/22/2017

1. Too Many Days Have Gone By 05:14
2. What It Means To Love 04:40
3. Some Blues 04:27
4. Goin' Back Home 07:59

Band Members:
Garon Burch - Bass & Vocals
Dakota Hurley - Guitar & Vocals
Justin Mathais - Drums

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