Song Premiere: Shepherds, "Faith in Soul Pt II"

Shepherds [L-R]: Jonathan Merenivitch, Adrian Switon, Ross Politi. Photo by Robert Mahony.

Shepherds [L-R]: Jonathan Merenivitch, Adrian Switon, Ross Politi. Photo by Robert Mahony.

The brainchild of singer/guitarist Jonathan Merenivitch (Janelle Monae, Dog Bite, Del Venicci), Shepherds were just featured have a lineup that includes Mood Rings’ Peter Cauthorn on bass, Adrian Switon of George Bataille Battle Cry on three-piece standup drum kit, and touring bassist Ross Politi (Canivores, Del Venicci).
Shepherds - Exit Youth (design by Ross Politi)

Shepherds – Exit Youth (design by Ross Politi)

The band’s new debut LP, Exit Youth (out October 23), is about getting old and realizing your dreams aren’t gonna come true. Written and recorded over a three year period, it chronicles a time in Merenivitch’s life during which he reexamined the decision to devote his life to music. A sprawling journey into shitty day jobs, pure artistic devotion and career suicide, it explores a wide variety of sounds—noise, musique concrete, synth pop, R&B—but is mostly comprised of skeptical, minimalist rock.
Frenetic, anxiety-laden track “Faith in Soul Pt II,” which Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering today, begins as a run-of-the-mill electropop ballad before quickly being enveloped by a squall of unrelenting noise. From there, a hypnotic bassline erupts over a persistent, churning snare beat, coming off like some mindbent freak on a DMT trip ran The Beatles’ “Get Back” through a meat grinder. All the while, singer Merenivitch howls paranoid misanthropic over the top. Enjoy it below:

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Catch the band live:
10/24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/Diarrhea Planet & Concord America
10/25 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook w/Crocodiles & Lilac Shadows
10/27 – Washington D.C. @ the Paperhaus w/Passing Phases & UVF Rays
10/28 – New York, NY @ Cake Shop w/Huh
10/30 – New York, NY @ Secret Project Robot w/Tiny Hazard)