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Florida synth rockers Roadkill Ghost Choir have been quiet since releasing their debut album, In Tongues, in 2014, to wide acclaim. The album’s mix of Tom Petty dust and surf-rock wobble charmed everyone who heard it, not least our friends at Daytrotter, who had RGC in for a live session that year.
Now the band—comprising brothers Andrew and Zach Shepard—is back with a sophomore full-length, False Youth Etcetera, and on Tuesday they unveiled the first single, “Classic (Die Young)”. The song immediately evokes the soaring electro-folk of The War on Drugs—not least with lead singer Andrew Shepard’s mellow, nasal delivery—but reaches back further to the roots of modern melodic folk-rock: Dylan, Springsteen, Petty.
“Classics is my tribute to Dylan & The Boss and a reminder to myself to keep on moving forward through the dark days,” says Shepard. “The tone of the song was inspired by one of my favorite Springsteen tracks ‘Tougher Than The Rest’ and I wanted to chase down that feeling I got from it.”
False Youth Etcetera is out Oct. 27 on Freakout Records. Roadkill Ghost Choir also unveiled some North American dates on Tuesday, which you can find here.