Emerging fully-formed from the desolate heart of Central Florida, Roadkill Ghost Choir make unsettling, powerful American rock, Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy. Set against Kiffy Meyer’s ghostly steel pedal, singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard triumphantly conjures an allegorical American landscape of drifters, specters and violent saints. Andrew’s brothers Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard round out the rhythm section, and Stephen Garza handles lead guitar.
The band’s debut full-length, In Tongues, recorded in Athens, Georgia and in their home studio in Deland, Florida with producer Doug Boehm, was released on August 19, 2014. The album was met with critical praise from Rolling Stone, Billboard, SPIN, Paste and more. The band’s most recent tour included stops at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Prior to the full-length album, they released their debut EP, Quiet Light, in 2013 in the midst of a touring run that included opening for Band of Horses and 2013 festival slots at Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits and Shaky Knees in Atlanta, GA. In January 2014, the band was invited to perform on the David Letterman Show, where they performed standout track, “Beggar’s Guild.”