“I Found You” from Alabama Shakes is more than just some 60′s soul/50′s blues throwback, it’s more like Ruth Brown meets James Brown with a slight hint of The Starlighters mixed in and there’s a difference between the two.
It’s one thing to be able to throw bands like that in as references, it’s another all together that the first time this song came on I was asking myself, “Wasn’t this song playing on Pappy’s jukebox in Iron Eagle?” Well it should have been! Some bands channel there influences and although the final sound is solid very rarely do we get a band that becomes their influences, where there is no line between then and now. Alabama Shakes channel their sound so well that initially I’d considered comparing them with maybe Florence And The Machine and The Black Keys but there’s no way anything is persuading this band’s sound that wasn’t released as a Vinyl only option.
Seriously, these guys should have been playing at the “Enchantment Under The Sea” dance.”Chuck it’s Marvin. Your cousin Marvin Berry! You know that new sound you were looking for? Well listen to this!”
Check out “Hold On” as well. Am I the only one hearing some Janis Joplin influence?