Pine Box - Is Shepherd Single Review
An enigmatic debut from Newcastle new comers, Is Shepherd, jingly indie guitar's lending themselves to a slightly poppy vibe. Is Shepherd are like a Bon Iver, it's very atmospheric.
My first impression from the single is how good a singer Ben Trenerry is. He leads from the front and seems to be able to write a decent tune, the lyrics are energetic and poignant. I also like the underlying sound of the double bass. It's unusual yet familiar.
Top marks for the interesting arty video, which accompanies the track. It was shot in wintry woodland with images of the band flicking back and forth from the studio where the trio play out the single. It's well filmed and photographed, and works well with the music.
They have a very loyal local live following and Tom Robinson keeps championing them on his 6Music show. I've tracked down a bit more of their music and admit that the other stuff like, 'Forever More' and 'Waitress' offer a lot more to me. They have a bit more clout, as 'Pine Box' is a little light but very polished and in obtrusive.
It's an excellent first single.